IRONMAN UK: Age-Group champions and impressive performances

You don't need to be a Pro athlete to go fast. Check out the speedy amateurs from IRONMAN UK 2017, lead home by Brian Fogarty and Sophie Bubb

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Who were the speedy amateur athletes at IRONMAN UK Bolton on Sunday?

We’ve reported on the Pro’s separately (WOMEN | MEN), – but how did the Age-Groupers get on Sunday at IRONMAN UK? in many cases, exceptionally…

Before taking a look at all of the AG winners (listed below), lets take a quick look at the fastest athletes overall…

Let’s start with the men this time, where Brian Fogarty (who was out ERDINGER Athlete of the Month for May), followed up his fantastic race at IRONMAN Lanzarote with, perhaps, an even better one in Bolton. Last year Brian was the second fastest AG athlete overall, winning the 30-34 category in a swift 9:12:30. That made him the seventh fastest athlete overall, based on time. This year her went even better – fastest AG athlete overall, fourth fastest time of the day and a 9:02:54 finish time. His 4:50:42 bike split was the quickest over the day too, faster than Pro winner, Cyril Viennot.

For the women, it was Sophie Bubb (35-39) who takes ‘overall’ honours this year, her 10:44:28 finish bring her home just over six minutes quicker than Lucy Walmsley (45-49). To give some perspective how good those two performances were, both won their categories by over an hour and 20 minutes! Sophie was also the fastest AG athlete in 2016 – and in 12 months has improved from 11:04:41 to 10:44:28. Impressive work.

Here are the overall top five AG times, followed by all of the category winners.

IRONMAN UK Bolton 2017: Fastest Age-Group athletes



1st – Sophie Bubb (35-39) – 10:44:28
2nd – Lucy Walmsley (45-49) – 10:50:43
3rd – Anastasia Chemenko (25-29) – 10:58:22
4th – Delphine Voeltzel (30-34) – 11:05:23
5th – Claire Walton (30-34) – 11:05:34



1st – Brian Fogarty (30-34) – 09:02:54
2nd – Sebastien Escola-Fasseur (35-39) – 09:23:40
3rd – Emmet Kelly (35-39) – 09:34:28
4th – Finlay McAndrew (25-29) – 09:36:28
5th – Benjamin Pernet (35-39) – 09:38:21

IRONMAN UK Bolton 2017: Age-Group winners


18-24: Helen Richards (GBR) – 11:41:16
25-29: Anastasia Chemenko (UKR) – 10:58:22
30-34: Delphine Voeltzel (FRA) – 11:05:23
35-39: Sophie Bubb (GBR) – 10:44:28
40-44: Rachel Hall (GBR) – 12:01:27
45-49: Lucy Walmsley (GBR) – 10:50:43
50-54: Autilia Stapper (NED) – 11:42:14
55-59: Ger Kelly (IRL) – 13:27;07
60-64: Andrea Gellan (GBR) – 14:12:07
65-69: Glynis Grennough (GBR) – 16:26:37
70-74: Linda Ashmore (GBR) – 14:47:28


18-24: Lewis Eccleston (GBR) – 09:41:21
25-29: Finlay McAndrew (GBR) – 09:36:28
30-34: Brian Fogarty (GBR) – 09:02:54
35-39: Sebastien Escola-Fasseur (FRA) – 09:23:40
40-44: Tony Cullen (GBR) – 09:42:29
45-49: Marc Laithwaite (GBR) – 09:53:57
50-54: Richard Ashton (GBR) – 10:17:42
55-59: Jaroslaw Grzelec (POL) – 11:01:19
60-64: Christian Meuser (BEL) – 11:29:13
65-69: Keith Grennough (GBR) – 13:46:39
70-74: Rainer Schlipfinger (AUT) – 16:17:36

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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