TRI247
Search
shop

Jess Learmonth adds spice to IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote mix

Jess will face a stacked women's field this coming Saturday

News Director
Last updated -
SHOP

There are plenty of reasons to be interested in IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote next Saturday, and the presence of Jess Learmonth adds another to the mix.

Learmonth of course will again be a mainstay of the short-course scene in 2022, following on from her Olympic Mixed Relay gold in Tokyo and a stellar Super League Triathlon season in 2021.

Now though the Leeds star will turn her hand to middle-distance racing when she takes part in what should be a highly competitive race this coming weekend.

Jess will take part on a road bike (with aero), so no TT – that however did not stop a certain Taylor Knibb tearing it up when she hit middle distances last summer. It will be fascinating to see how Learmonth fares against what could be a terrific field.

Advertisement

Haug heads stellar field

With less than two months now to the delayed 2021 IRONMAN Championship in St George (Saturday May 7), the opportunities for prep races mean deep fields at this early stage of the year. And Lanzarote is shaping up to follow that trend.

The start list is headed by the (still) reigning IRONMAN World Champion Anne Haug, who is readying for the defence of a title she won in Kona in 2019. Britain’s Kat Matthews meanwhile will also take in the race to sharpen up for St George.

Anne Haug wins Challenge Roth 2021
Anne Haug will start her 2022 campaign at 70.3 Lanzarote.

Another British star on the start list is Lucy Buckingham (nee Hall), who enjoyed a terrific second half of 2021, culminating in a fine second behind Jackie Hering at CLASH Daytona.

We could have another athlete from that 2021 Daytona podium on Saturday in the shape of France’s Marjolaine Pierre, who produced a blistering run to claim third.

Advertisement

McNamee set for 2022 debut

There is plenty of interest in the men’s race too, with Britain’s David McNamee – third in Kona in both 2017 and 2018 – set for his seasonal debut ahead of St George.

Also in the field are two more intriguing St George qualifiers in the shape of New Zealand’s Kyle Smith and the rapidly-improving Frenchman Leon Chevalier.

British pair James Teagle and Eliot Smales are also on the start list, along with France’s Clement Mignon and Belgium’s Bart Aernouts.

Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  

THE SBRX Show

In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more
Discover more
Anne Haug wins IRONMAN Lanzarote 2024
Anne Haug bounces back with SENSATIONAL season opener at IRONMAN Lanzarote
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Sumarpo Vanguard triathlon and swimming wetsuit review – Can it challenge the mainstream tri wetsuit brands?
sea swimming sumarpo triathlon wetsuit
How to get faster at open water swimming – triathlon swim training tips to up your race pace
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Best middle distance triathlon bike courses – from the fastest courses to the most epic scenery
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Five reasons to race Challenge St. Pölten – kickstart your race season with this scenic middle distance triathlon
latest News
India Lee (GBR) and Kyle Smith (NZL) celebrate together at the finish line in Samorin.
Victorious India Lee and Kyle Smith react to course record breaking day at The Championship
Challenge Family The Championship 2024 - Men Pro Podium
The Championship results: Full finishing order and times for Kyle Smith, Joe Skipper and more
Challenge Family The Championship 2024 - Women Pro Podium
The Championship results: Full finishing order and times after emphatic India Lee win
India Lee (GBR) took the win at The Championship 2024.
The Championship 2024 women’s results: India Lee takes back-to-back titles and breaks her 2023 record
Kyle Smith took a memorable win at The Championship 2024.
The Championship 2024 men’s results: Kyle Smith smashes the course record with incredible win
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
Share to...