Brian Fogarty, Emma Wardall win IRONMAN UK 2019

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Brits take the overall wins in Bolton at IRONMAN UK 2019

The 11th edition of IRONMAN UK in Bolton featured a new bike course and a new format for this year – with no Pro field, the fastest Age-Group athletes would take the overall wins too.

Brian Fogarty (pictured above) is no stranger to racing in Bolton. He was the fastest Age-Group athlete in 2017 and 2016, and by repeating that in 2019 he was also the first athlete across the line in front of Bolton Town Hall. While Brian conceded almost 11 minutes to the fastest swimmers through the 3.8km in Pennington Flash, that’s not unusual for him, and by the end of the 180km (and a 5:11:02 bike split), he had built an impressive lead of more than 13 minutes aver Tony Cullen. He held firm on the run with a 3:10:06 marathon to set the fastest time overall by more than ten minutes.

IRONMAN UK this year added a Military Division qualifier for Kona and the fastest athlete from that wave – male of female – was a very impressive Emma Wardall, who also set the fastest overall female time by more than 20 minutes. Emma’s splits were 1:01:40 / 6:10:08 / 3:22:09. That is a particularly impressive marathon after what is an especially tough bike course.

Emma is a class athlete – in 2018 she was the third-fastest British female Age-Group athlete overall at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in South Africa.

Emma Wardall / IRONMAN UK 2019 - Photo: Huw Fairclough for IRONMAN
Emma Wardall – Photo: Huw Fairclough for IRONMAN

IRONMAN UK, Bolton – Sunday 14th July 2019
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km


1st – Brian Fogarty (35-39) – 9:27:12
2nd – Francesco Masciarelli (30-34) – 9:38:05
3rd – Lukas Siska (35-39) – 9:44:52
4th – Justin Lippert (18-24) – 9:53:00
5th – Tom Rigby (30-34) – 10:00:38


1st – Emma Wardall (Military) – 10:39:48
2nd – Kelly Warrington (40-44) – 11:02:15
3rd – Emily Freeman (25-29) – 11:18:39
4th – Julia De Leeuw (25-29) – 11:32:52
5th – Naomi Keira Wright (30-34) – 11:45:45

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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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