It’s been an amazing year for long distance triathletes in Britain and Ireland. We have had world title wins at pro and age-group level, fantastic domestic events and groundbreaking, inspiring performances.
Each month I have been awarding Triathlete of the Month awards to pro’s and top age groupers who have put in amazing performances but now it’s up to you to vote for the Triathlete of the Year award. Here’s the shortlist and look forward to hearing your views!
VOTING NOW CLOSED
The last 3 weeks have been a fantastic reflection of the sport, with this public vote creating conversation on TriTalk, SlowTwitch, Runners World and the national Seychelles press, as well as many others.
As of 5.00pm on Wednesday 25th November there have been over 3,500 votes cast and we have very worthy winners in both the men’s and ladies categories.
The announcement will be made on Monday but I just want to say a big thank you to all those that cast their votes or took part in the many heated debates across the triathlon community. Also, a big thank you to the ten athletes who were on the shortlist.
See you Monday, but in the meantime, check out the reasons why these athletes were selected to make the top 10 in the country.
Female Triathlete of the Year shortlist
Wow, what can be said other than to lay down some results? Wins at the Ironman World Championship, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, Escape from Alcatraz and Ironman Arizona 2011, podiums at Ironman 70.3 Boulder and Columbia 5150 – what more can be said? Leanda is the current first lady of triathlon and one of the most successful British triathletes ever.
Catherine is an age-grouper who races like a pro. In Kona she took the age-group world title in the F25-29 category and has also claimed overall victory at the Vitruvian and silver at the British Middle Distance Championships. She claimed an impressive 7th overall and an age-group win at Ironman South Africa in very difficult conditions.
It felt like a weekend didn’t go by without a Gossagefest (def: a race weekend dominated by a Lucy Gossage race story). Lucy can lay claim to the following 2012 titles: Challenge Barcelona winner, British Duathlon Champion and European Long Distance Duathlon Champion. She was also second at Challenge Fuerteventura and in the ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. At Challenge Barcelona Lucy showed just how good she is at the longer triathlon distances by the manner of her win – a sub 9 hour effort.
Oh what a shame for Rachel that a chest infection knocked her Kona chances for she has had a marvellous year. Wins at Ironman Musoka 70.3, Challenge Roth and Ironman 70.3 Kansas were joined by a silver at Ironman Melbourne. Especially as impressive was the manner in which she performed at Roth, clocking in at 8:45:04 to join an elite list of ladies who have travelled that fast over 140.6 miles.
Eimear made history by becoming the first ever Irish Ironman Champion when winning and racing at Ironman UK this year. She also took the line first at Ironman UK 70.3, Tristar Mallorca and the Mid-Ulster Duathlon. Mullan was runner up at Ironman 70.3 Ireland and Ironman Wales. There are exciting developments for her in 2013 as she has had trials with the Team TBB squad – watch this space!
Triathlete of the Year men’s shortlist
The Jersey swimmer turned triathlete is racing for Team TBB and has had a fantastic debut year at the longer stuff. His season will be headined by that win at Ironman UK but Dan was also in fine form at Abu Dhabi (11th), Challenge Fuerteventura (2nd), Ironman Regensburg (6th) and 5th at the Jersey Marathon.
Nick is a young age-grouper with a massive CV! Stand out performances were age group world titles at Ironman 70.3 in the 18-24 category and a silver in the big one at Ironman Hawaii, plus titles all over the world including Abu Dhabi. Perhaps most impressive was the overall position he gained at Kona, coming 40th across the line. He is an incredible young talent.
The fastest triathlete in the world to race in denim shorts. Anthony Gerundini is a regular fixture for many on the long distance UK circuit – he tends to race long at every opportunity. This year however, he added a title to is CV – the UK Enduroman Deca champion.
Stephen had such a consistent year this year racing mainly on the Challenge circuit. His standout results were silver at Ironman Lanzarote, bronze at the ETU Long Distance Triathlon Championships plus a win at Challenge Henley.
This countries fastest iron-distance athlete plus our top finisher at Kona. Tom had a solid year racing mostly in the US and, despite being disappointed to miss out on a top-10 at Kona is still arguably our best hope (although Paul Amey might disagree!). As well as finishing highest up at Kona, Tom also managed 5th at Ironman 70.3 Calgary, 6th at Ironman Austria and 3rd at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans.
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