Who were the speedy amateur athletes at IRONMAN Ireland on Sunday?
Podium images from the debut edition in Cork
Not surprisingly, most of the pre and post race headlines from IRONMAN Ireland on Sunday focussed on the distance debut and subsequent victory of Great Britain’s double Olympic Gold medallist, Alistair Brownlee. We’ve report on that HERE.
Also battling through the difficult conditions were around 2,000 Age-Group athletes, and in this piece we feature the fastest of those, along with all of the inaugural IRONMAN Ireland Age-Group champions.
We’ve also got, courtesy of Huw Fairclough / IRONMAN, podium images from all of the prize presentations on Monday, which was hosted by Mike Reilly and Joanna Murphy.
For the men, there was an overall one-two for Dutch athletes, where Tom Oosterdijk (25-29) – and pictured at the top of this article – was less than two minutes quicker than Tjebbe Venema (30-34).
That makes the fastest Brit on the day Robert Fryer, third overall, who was barely 30 seconds quicker than Barnaby Palmer. They took second place in M30-34 and M25-29 respectively.
The quickest Age-Group women was GB’s Anna Lawson (18-24), six minutes ahead of Jenna-Caer Seefried from Canada (30-34). Anna finished seventh in the F18-24 division in Hawaii last year.
IRONMAN Ireland, Cork 2019: Fastest Age-Group athletes
1st – Tom Oosterdijk (NED) – 8:12:48 (25-29)
2nd – Tjebbe Venema (NED) – 8:14:27 (30-34)
3rd – Robert Fryer (GBR) – 8:23:44 (30-34)
4th – Barnaby Palmer (GBR) – 8:24:15 (25-29)
5th – Kristian Ek (SWE) – 8:32:01 (30-34)
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This means so much to me. I’ve been training so hard for this… Week in, week out, long hours, and long days. And over the weekend—I dont even know what to say… Winning not only my age group but also overall age grouper, and qualyfing for Kona!This all means so much to me… Last year I was put on a stretcher and brought to the hospital from fainting,700 meters before the finish line on Ali’i Drive, and ever since… I have been completely focused to return and give Kona a second try. 109 days until the 12th of October, 109 days until the IRONMAN World Championships— and I’ll be there, on the start line. I’d really would like to express my gratefulness and thanks to my sponsors and supporters, your endless support is part of why I’m standing where I am.
1st – Anna Lawson (GBR) – 9:43:43 (18-24)
2nd – Jenna-Caer Seefried (CAN) – 9:49:51 (30-34)
3rd – Michelle Carson (GBR) – 9:57:00 (30-34)
4th – Natalie Price (GBR) – 10:17:44 (30-34)
5th – Anna Wächtershäuser (GER) – 10:18:12 (40-44)
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Momma Lawson beat me to it but @ironmanireland was a very humbling experience… not ideal conditions and a lot of lessons learned about a) packing waterproof clothes and b) not setting ambitious targets when the course is hillier than your legs can handle… However, a **confirmed** 1st age group 18-24 AND 1st age group overall?! (I also maybe beat a pro, whaaaat…) Speechless… 🌸 so the #RoadToKona IS back for a second year!!💞💞💞 THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR TAKING AN INTEREST IN MY SLIGHTLY CRAZY ENDEAVOURS IM SO SO LUCKY ❤️❤️ merci a @amberlawson44 @kim.lawson.526 Flat 4, @beatsy95 and the many training buddies I’m blessed to have for your love and support building up to this!💞
IRONMAN Ireland, Cork 2019: Age-Group winners
18-24: Anna Lawson (GBR) – 9:43:43
25-29: Georgia Turner (GBR) – 10:21:50
30-34: Jenna-Caer Seefried (CAN) – 9:49:51
35-39: Joanna Butler (POL) – 10:56:15
40-44: Anna Wächtershäuser (GER) – 10:18:12
45-49: Angelina Van Der Linden (NED) – 10:33:53
50-54: Beverley Wells (CAN) – 11:37:41
55-59: Ger Kelly (IRL) – 12:00:41
60-64: Gail Norman (USA) – 12:23:47
18-24: Adam Nizio (POL) – 9:46:01
25-29: Tom Oosterdijk (NED) – 8:12:48
30-34: Tjebba Venema (NED) – 8:14:27
35-39: Daniel McParland (GBR) – 8:36:33
40-44: Maciej Swinarski (POL) – 9:13:59
45-49: Roman Latko (GBR) – 9:00:34
50-54: Mäns Höiom (SWE) – 9:35:01
55-59: Gerhard Mueller (AUT) – 9:44:53
60-64: Jean-Luc Miffand (FRA) – 11:10:24
65-69: Richard Tout (GBR) – 12:49:36
70-74: Simon Butterworth (USA) – 12:51:19
75-79: Gennaro Magliulo (ITA) – 14:19:08