#GBKona 2019 Start List: British & Irish Age-Group Women

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Who’s racing at the IRONMAN World Championship on Saturday?

While the Pro athletes may get the bulk of the headlines, simply getting to Kona as an Age-Group athlete is a difficult task that many strive for years to achieve.

We’ve always followed both the Pro and Age-Group field on TRI247, and here we feature the full listings of all of the UK and Ireland Age-Group WOMEN who will be starting their races** from 7:15 a.m. (local time) / 6:15 p.m. (UK time) on Saturday.

(** For 2019, the Age-Group waves starts have been changed from what was previously one mass start per gender).

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A few names to look out for…

Among those racing is Ruth Purbrook (30-34), who has made the podium in both 2017 (3rd) and 2018 – winning the 25-29 division last year, where she was also the fastest GB & Ireland Age-Group athlete. We’ve already featured an extended pre-race interview with Ruth (HERE), who in typical style has set herself a loft goal – she wants to be the fastest Age-Group female in the race. Don’t mistake ambition for arrogance though, Ruth is a class act on and off the race course.

Ruth Purbrook / IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore / #GBKona
Photo Credit: James Mitchell

Making her debut in Hawaii is the fastest amateur from IRONMAN UK this year, Emma Wardall (30-34). Emma – pictured in the header image – was racing in the Military division in Bolton, which should give her a chance of competing for honours in that category too.

Another debut from an athlete who will be looking to be compete for podium honours is Corinne Clark (35-39). Corinne has had over a year to think about this race, having qualified at IRONMAN Wales 2018, where she was the gun-to-tape winner of the Age-Group race. In May this year, Corinne was also the fastest female amateur at IRONMAN Lanzarote.

Corinne Clark
Corinne Clark

I’m not sure how many people have completed the IRONMAN World Championship and climbed Mount Everest, but Linda Blakely (45-49) has! She raced Kona for the first time two years ago – and soon after conquered the world’s highest mountain.

There are two (at least?) husband and wife Age-Group couples racing this year in Hawaii from the GB & IRL Age-Group ranks, with Jennifer Stewart (35-39) and Elizabeth Gannon (55-59) joining Graeme and Martin, respectively. It’s a Kona debut for Jennifer, though Elizabeth has previous IRONMAN World Championship experience, finishing 12th last year in her category.

Injury stopped her racing last year – that’s what happens when a horse stands on your foot – but Gill Fullen (55-59) is finally back on the Big Island. Consistently one of the best British Age-Group athletes of the last decade or more, this year she won in Frankfurt and was second at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice. There will be few British athletes being given more support than Gill, given what she has had to overcome in recent years.

Gill Fullen - IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
Gill Fullen

*** NOTE *** The athlete information below was extracted from the official race start-lists (HERE), based on data as at 23rd September 2019. Therefore, if there are any errors then that is probably the source! However, we would like to ensure we have the correct information, so if you do spot any mistakes then please do get in touch with us via editor@tri247.com and we will get it fixed for you.

UK and Ireland Age-Group WOMEN 2019

2418Laura AddieF18-24GBR
2428Jasmine HolmesF18-24GBR
2437Anna LawsonF18-24GBR
2444Rachel RutherfordF18-24GBR
2338Annie FrederickF25-29GBR
2339Emily FreemanF25-29GBR
2341Rebecca HoareF25-29GBR
2364Isabelle PettitF25-29GBR
2365Katherine RenoufF25-29GBR
2367Taryn RobertsF25-29GBR
2370Georgia TurnerF25-29GBR
2374Milly Wade-WestF25-29GBR
2376Emily YoungF25-29GBR
2171Jennifer BarbourF30-34GBR
2180Elizabeth DumcombeF30-34GBR
2209Sophie NeedhamF30-34GBR
2217Ruth PurbrookF30-34GBR
2227Emma WardallF30-34GBR
403Ruth GrayF35-39GBR
1952Corrine ClarkF35-39GBR
1958Olivia Fitz-PooleF35-39GBR
1971Jennifer IsaacF35-39GBR
1972Anna JenkinsF35-39GBR
1986Hannah PeelF35-39GBR
1994Jennifer StewartF35-39GBR
2008Claire WaltonF35-39GBR
1679Jenny CloseF40-44GBR
1680Mary CorlessF40-44IRL
1694Louise HarrisF40-44GBR
1701Camille KingF40-44GBR
1705Catherine MaslingF40-44GBR
1715Kerry OldfieldF40-44GBR
1339Linda BlakelyF45-49GBR
1340Jordan BlancoF45-49GBR
1346Sheena DullaghanF45-49IRL
1352Fiona FoleyF45-49IRL
1357Jude HaggerF45-49GBR
1359Victoria HillF45-49GBR
1367Catherine LabrianidisF45-49GBR
1055Melanie HayesF50-54GBR
1074Louella O'HerlihyF50-54GBR
806Gillian FullenF55-59GBR
807Elizabeth GannonF55-59GBR
811Jo GundleF55-59GBR
644Fiona DavidsonF60-64GBR
649Jean GillespieF60-64GBR
658June McminnF60-64IRL
667Jean PerkinsF60-64GBR
560Teresa HollinsF65-69GBR

PRO Start-Lists: MEN | WOMEN

GB and Ireland Age-Group Start-Lists: MEN | WOMEN

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