Third for Comber, fourth for Wiltshire at IRONMAN Maastricht

MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 06: Saleta Castro (2ndL) from Spain, Brooke Brown (L) from Canada and Kate Comber (R) from United Kingdom pose for a picture at the top three podium of Ironman Maastricht-Limburg on August 6, 2017 in Maastricht, Netherlands. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for Ironman)

A first Pro IRONMAN podium finish for Great Britain’s Kate Comber in The Netherlands

Harry Wiltshire (finally!) secures his Kona 2017 start too

The third edition on IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg proved to be an important day for several British athletes on Sunday.

Kate Comber perhaps first came to our attention at IRONMAN UK in 2015 when, racing as an Age-Group athlete, she set the third fastest time of the day. Now racing as a Pro, she finished fifth at IRONMAN Wales last year and then sixth at IRONMAN Lanzarote in May. Third place in Maastricht yesterday represents her first IRONMAN Pro podium finish.

Kate Comber - Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for Ironman
Kate Comber – Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for Ironman

Not too many weeks go by without mention of Harry Wiltshire – though in 2017, that wasn’t all in the plan! Having got his 2017 qualification process off to a perfect start by winning IRONMAN Vichy in August last year and then IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth in September, he looked to be well ahead of the game coming in to 2017. Unfortunately, a long series of mechanicals / crashes / DQ and more (details below) have seen him incredibly busy… but without the required points to show for it. Fourth place in Maastricht appears to have finally sorted that.

We shouldn’t be too surprised however – when it comes to persistence, Mr. Wiltshire has ‘previous’ and has been here before – remember his route to Kona in 2014? Congratulations Harry!

IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg – Sunday 6th August 2017
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km

PRO MEN

1st – Michael Weiss (AUT) – 8:18:09
2nd – Michael Van Cleven (BEL) – 8:23:27
3rd – Bas Diederen (NED) – 8:25:50
4th – Harry Wiltshire (GBR) – 8:27:10

PRO WOMEN

1st – Saleta Castro (ESP) – 9:37:17
2nd – Brooke Brown (CAN) – 9:48:13
3rd – Kate Comber (GBR) – 9:55:47

GB Age-Group Podiums

1st – Alex Bradley (18-24) – 9:18:00
3rd – Stuart Anderson (40-44) – 9:35:39
2nd – Winston Lord (65-69) – 12:58:14
3rd – Maija Antila (35-39) – 10:51:05
3rd – Karrie Archer (55-59) – 14:53:05

MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 06: An athlete competes during the running course of Ironman Maastricht-Limburg on August 6, 2017 in Maastricht, Netherlands. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for Ironman)
Alex Bradley -Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for Ironman