Why Duracell Bunny Lucy Gossage is Miss Consistency

Lucy Gossage at IRONMAN Italy 2017

The incredible Ironman record of Lucy Gossage

She called it the dirty double, the “buy one, get one free” IRONMAN – and on Saturday, just 13 days after winning IRONMAN Wales in Tenby, Lucy Gossage successfully took the inaugural victory at IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna.

While she may not have attempted such a back-to-back strategy before, we shouldn’t be surprised that it worked – because Lucy Gossage always seems to perform when it is Ironman time.

Her third full distance IRONMAN victory of the 2017 season, that was her eighth career IRONMAN title. Add to that another win –  and under nine hours, at Challenge Barcelona in 2012 – and that is now nine career professional wins over the distance. Only Bella Bayliss (16) and Chrissie Wellington (13), have ever won more from a British perspective. That is seriously impressive company to be keeping.

While the (now Hall of Fame) Chrissie Wellington was the ultimate benchmark in consistency – winning all of her 13 iron-distance starts – Lucy holds this incredibly impressive statistic:

Outside of Kona, Lucy Gossage has finished on the podium in EVERY Professional iron-distance race she has started

15 non-Kona races | 9x 1st | 3x 2nd | 3x 3rd

That is pretty impressive from an athlete who won her first professional race (IRONMAN 70.3 Galway in 2011), and then apologised to Rachel Joyce for finishing ahead of her! I think she’s proven since then that her success is down to more than luck and/or ‘bad days’ for other athletes.

Even in Kona – the ultimate test for Pro athletes, with the strongest fields under challenging conditions – Lucy has been on the stage for the past two years also, collecting her Umeke and prize cheque for finishing 10th (2015) and 9th (2016). That finish last year was all the more remarkable as it was achieved following a broken clavicle just eight weeks ahead of the race. She truly did make lemonade from lemons last year.

IRONMAN World Championship 2016
Kona 2015 (Photo Richard Melik)

Indeed, from a total of 18 professional iron-distance starts, you can make a very reasonable case of just one (achilles injury-impacted) ‘bad’ performance, at the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship. That is a staggering level of consistency and performance over seven seasons.

Alison Rowatt, Lucy Gossage and Jane Hansom - Kona 2016
Alison Rowatt, Lucy Gossage and Jane Hansom in Kona

I’m not sure what’s next for Lucy – and I think I’ll wait at least a few weeks into her ‘off’ season before I ask – but, getting that winning total into double figures, would seem a very realistic and significant goal before, finally, the world of Oncology gets Lucy back on a full-time basis.

When we spoke at the end of the 2016 season, on returning to work part-time, Lucy told me:

“I think anyone that writes me off the Pro scene just yet is wrong to do that.”

Safe to say, that has been proven more than correct. Keep up the good work Lucy.

Lucy Gossage – Full history of all Professional Iron-Distance races

EventYearPosition
Challenge Barcelona20113rd
Challenge Barcelona20121st
IRONMAN UK20131st
IRONMAN Wales20131st
IRONMAN South Africa20142nd
IRONMAN Lanzarote20141st
IRONMAN Hawaii201432nd
IRONMAN South Africa20152nd
IRONMAN UK20151st
IRONMAN Hawaii201510th
IRONMAN New Zealand20162nd
IRONMAN South Africa20163rd
IRONMAN UK20161st
IRONMAN Hawaii20169th
IRONMAN Lanzarote20173rd
IRONMAN UK20171st
IRONMAN Wales20171st
IRONMAN Italy (Emilia-Romagna)20171st

And those nine wins – so far. That’s a lot of #DoingALucy celebrating

Challenge Barcelona 2012
Challenge Barcelona 2012
IRONMAN UK 2013
IRONMAN UK 2013 (Photo Getty Images for IRONMAN)
IRONMAN Wales 2013
IRONMAN Wales 2013 (Photo Dave Pearce)
IRONMAN Lanzarote 2014
IRONMAN Lanzarote 2014 (Photo Rob Holden Photography)
Lucy Gossage wins IRONMAN UK 2015
IRONMAN UK 2015 (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Ironman)
Lucy Gossage wins IRONMAN UK 2016
IRONMAN UK 2016 (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Lucy Gossage wins IRONMAN UK 2017
IRONMAN UK 2017 (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images for Ironman)
IRONMAN Wales 2017
IRONMAN Wales 2017 (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna
IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna 2017 (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images for IRONMAN)