Lucy Gossage gives her all to remain champion
The latest results from IM 70.3 Staffordshire and the Windsor Tri.
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Pocket rocket Lucy Gossage fought under par run fitness and a nasty bike crash to retain her title at a dramatic Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire.
Afterwards the champ retweeted a dramatic photo of her hunched over her bike, head down, battling through the rain with the caption: “This sums up how miserable my ride was on Sunday.”
The defending champion was almost six minutes behind as she exited Chasewater, with Lucy Charles once again leading the swimmers.
Although Gossage was expected to take the lead early on the bike that role fell to fellow Brit Kimberley Morrison with Gossage suffering a crash that left her entering T2 more than two minutes behind.
It was only with 10km to go in the run that Gossage finally got into her stride and took over first place. Although she made it look a breeze, she confessed afterwards that the race had been exceptionally hard. “I’m proud that I dealt with some complications on the bike leg that previously might have stopped me fighting for the win,” she wrote on her blog. “While at times it felt as if everything was conspiring against me I never stopped fighting and didn’t settle for anything less than the win.
“I am proud that mentally I raced the run rather than surviving it. I am not run fit at the moment, but while I was running slower than I have done previously that wasn’t for lack of trying.”
Morrison held on to finish in second place with Nikki Bartlett, who only recently turned professional, putting in an exceptional performance to complete the podium line-up. She crossed the line a staggering 17 minutes faster than last year’s race and hopes to make the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in September.
Altogether, British women dominated the top five places with Lucy Charles in fourth and Nicole Walters in fifth.
In the men’s race, it was South African Matt Trautman who snatched victory with a blistering run.
Australia’s Peter Kerr led a group of four including British co-favorites Harry Wiltshire and Mark Threlfall out of the water and the British duo led the helm in the bike leg.
In the first 70km of the race, Trautman caught up the lead group and determinedly held on to the coat-tails of fellow challenger Markus Thomschke starting the run only seconds behind him and quickly overtaking within a few minutes.
Spent after his tough bike leg, Thomschke slowed in the second half of the run opening the way for Harry Wiltshire to take second place by just nine seconds.