Who were the speedy amateur athletes at IRONMAN UK Bolton on Sunday?
We’ve reported on the Pro’s separately (HERE), – but how did the Age-Groupers get on Sunday at IRONMAN UK? in many cases, exceptionally…
As you’ll now doubt be aware (details HERE), the 2018 edition of the race in Bolton featured a 95-mile rather than 112-mile bike course, the result of enforced changes due to the recent and ongoing fires wildfires in the region. Thus, any comparison of overall times is meaningless to previous years… but here, were are interested in positions.
Starting with the women, the fastest Age-Group athlete overall – and she almost lead the entire day, with the second fastest swim time – was Rebecca Rimmington. Now if that names sounds familiar, ‘Bex’ was selected earlier this year as one of the four athletes on the inaugural Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team. This was also her first Ironman start – and she will now be relieved that the faith that the Zwift team put in their ‘wild card’ selection has been proven a good one. Bex also hosted one of out TRI247 Workout Series Wednesday rides.
The fastest Age-Group male this year was Neil Eddy. Neil had a great race earlier this year at IRONMAN Lanzarote, but even finishing with a 2:52 marathon that day was not enough to secure his Kona slot. No such worries now, he is going back to Hawaii again. The second fastest Age-Group male was Robert Drake, who finished just 3:05 behind Neil. With both in the same category, second overall also means ‘only’ (!) second in Age-Group for Robert.
Here are the overall top five AG times, followed by all of the category winners.
IRONMAN UK Bolton 2018: Fastest Age-Group athletes
1st – Rebecca Rimmington (35-39) – 9:53:19 (GBR)
2nd – Claire Walton (30-34) – 10:01:52 (GBR)
3rd – Lucy Woodward (40-44) – 10:10;44 (GBR)
4th – Connie Seiboth (30-34) – 10:11:17 (GER)
5th – Ewa Mitka (35-39) – 10:13:15 (POL)
OMG…. just booked my ticket for the Ironman World Championships in Kona! 😳 Never in my wildest dreams did I think this was possible! Thank you to everyone that has made this possible – looking forward to the next part of the journey…. well, after a little bit of R&R 😀 @iamspecialized_tri @gozwifttriathlon @rokasports @wahoofitnessofficial @clifbar #triathlon #ironman #imuk
1st – Neil Eddy (30-34) – 8:22:25 (GBR)
2nd – Robert Drake (30-34) – 8:25:31 (GBR)
3rd – Michael McCarron (35-39) – 8:37:56 (IRL)
4th – Bart Mathys (40-44) – 8:46:30 (BEL)
5th – Lewis Eccleston (25-29) – 8:47:08 (GBR)
7th overall @Ironman_UK heading in the right direction, plenty to work on, but know there’s huge improvements to be made. Big thanks to all the support out there on the course from everyone, was a great race, so well marshalled and organised! #ironman #teamdrake #SLH #wegoagain pic.twitter.com/TJml8tZbeU
— robert drake (@robertdraketri) July 16, 2018
IRONMAN UK Bolton 2018: Age-Group winners
18-24: Shannon Scovel (USA) – 12:24:40
25-29: Lucinda Ann Jukes (GBR) – 10:42:37
30-34: Claire Walton (GBR) – 10:01:51
35-39: Rebecca Rimmington (GBR) – 9:53:19
40-44: Lucy Woodward (GBR) – 10:10:44
45-49: Cathy Berry (GBR) – 10:39:40
50-54: Catherine Parkinson (GBR) – 12:08:26
55-59: Siobhan Kennedy (IRL) – 11:23:09
60-64: Grace Plager (USA) – 12:29;54
65-69: Janet Watson (GBR) – 14:37:22
— Andy Kirkland Ph.D. (@andykirkland71) July 15, 2018
18-24: Dan Fisher (GBR) – 9:44:00
25-29: Lewis Eccleston (GBR) – 8:47:08
30-34: Neil Eddy (GBR) – 8:22:25
35-39: Michael McCarron (IRL) – 8:37:56
40-44: Bart Mathys (BEL) – 8:46:30
45-49: Marc Laithwaite (GBR) – 09:09:24
50-54: Jim Burdett (GBR) – 915:27
55-59: Mark Davis (GBR) – 9:34:34
60-64: Christian Meuser (BEL) – 10:30:53
65-69: Richard Tout (GBR) – 11:34:45
70-74: Roger Day (GBR) – 14:25:50
Grate day again yesterday by @Ironman_UK taking 13th overall and winning my age group 25-29 the support at this race is unreal.
Time to prepare for wales in 8 weeks to try and secure a world champs spot.
— Lewis (@lewis93ecc) July 16, 2018
We’re going to Hawaii!!!! Me and my no.1 😉
1st AGer and 6th overall Bolton Ironman
amazing experience, inspiring course with so many locals and supporters embracing the race. A massive shout out to all my support on the day and before #konahawaii #ironman #worlds #runyourworld pic.twitter.com/KZJentHWkI
— Neil Eddy (@neileddy) July 16, 2018
— The Endurance Store (@EnduranceCoach) July 15, 2018