The speedy amateur athletes of IRONMAN Wales 2019
Podium images from the ninth edition edition in Tenby
Simone Mitchell and Arnaud Guilloux took the overall Pro wins at IRONMAN Wales on Sunday, which you can read about (HERE) and you can still go back and re-watch all of the live coverage from the event too (HERE).
This piece is a follow-up, focussed on the Age-Group athletes, highlighting the fastest overall athletes plus all of the Age-Group winners.
This includes, with great thanks once again to Huw Fairclough (www.huwfaircloughphotography.co.uk)/ IRONMAN, podium images from all of the prize presentations on Monday.
IRONMAN Wales, Tenby 2019: Fastest Age-Group athletes
1st – Victoria Best (GER) – 10:38:28 – AG 30-34
2nd – Nicola Beck (GBR) – 11:03:41 – AG 45-49
3rd – Livia Mendes (BRA) – 11:25:47 – AG 35-39
4th – Laura Rothwell (GBR) – 11:29:57 – AG 25-29
5th – Christina Paulus (GER) – 11:31:20 – AG 30-34
Germany’s Victoria Best was a clear winner in the Age-Group race, more than 25 minutes ahead of Great Briain’s Nicola Beck. Ninth quickest in the water, she was first onto the run course before an impressive 3:22:14 marathon pull away from the field.
1st – Nathan Ford (GBR) – 9:36:34 – AG 35-39
2nd – Daniel Braun (GER) – 9:42:33 – AG 35-39
3rd – Gonzalo Fuentes (ESP) – 9:44:20 – AG 25-29
4th – Patrick Wightman (GBR) – 9:44:23 – AG 30-34
5th – Ben Webeck (AUS) – 9:44:41 – AG 35-39
Another great race from Nathan Ford. He was the fastest British amateur this year at Challenge Roth (where he also made the podium), and improved by 30 minute on his Tenby time from 2017, where he finished fourth in his category.
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It still hasn't really sunk in, what a brilliant day it was in Tenby on Sunday. As you can see from the photo I was thrilled to cross the line as overall age group winner and 8th overall including some very fast Pros. Well done to everyone and I can already see on social media that more people want a piece of the action in 2020, to take on the Dragon. #ironmanwales2019 #finisher #TeamNFT #instagram #triathlete #race #first #place #support #dragon #tenby #wales #swimbikerun #finisherpix #tri #triathlon
Among the full list of Age-Group winners was Linda Spillane. Linda was the oldest athlete in the race – and the only 70-74 finisher, male or female – doing so just a week after winning Gold at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France. Linda also won in Wales two years ago.
IRONMAN Wales, Tenby 2019: Age-Group winners
18-24: Rebecca Duxbury (GBR) – 11:38:26
25-29: Laura Rothwell (GBR) – 11:29:57
30-34: Victoria Best (GER) – 10:38:28
35-39: Livia Mendes (BRA) – 11:25:47
40-44: Emma Bexson (GBR) – 11:31:59
45-49: Nicola Beck (GBR) – 11:03:41
50-54: Vikki Sivertsen (GBR) – 13:09:25
55-59: Paula Sky Tunnadine (GBR) – 13:37:54
60-64: Penny Rother (GBR) – 14:05:41
65-69: Marion Walker (GBR) – 16:37:32
70-74: Linda Spillane (GBR) – 16:15:58
18-24: Arran McCloskey (GBR) – 10:07:38
25-29: Gonzalo Fuentes (ESP) – 9:44:20
30-34: Patrick Wightman (GBR) – 9:44:23
35-39: Nathan Ford (GBR) – 9:36:34
40-44: Benoit Thirot (BEL) – 10:27:24
45-49: Matthew Elliston (GBR) – 10:21:20
50-54: Marc Heizmann (SUI) – 10:43:31
55-59: Helmut Neβ (GER) – 11:14:41
60-64: Giles Cuenat (SUI) – 11:30:23
65-69: Malcolm Clash (GBR) – 13:45:13
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