RACE RE­PORTS

Lucy Gos­sage gives her all to re­main cham­pion

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The lat­est re­sults from IM 70.3 Stafford­shire and the Wind­sor Tri.

WHAT IRONMAN 70.3 STAFFORD­SHIRE WHEN 12 JUNE WHERE SHUGBOROUGH, STAFFS

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.

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