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Triathlete of the Year 2014
It’s been another amazing year for long distance triathletes across Britain and Ireland again, with major titles being won across the Ironman and Challenge series and some awe-inspiring achievements at age group level and in domestic competition.
Each month I have been awarding a Triathlete of the Month award to pro’s and age groupers who have put in some inspiring performances, but now it’s up to you to vote for the triathlete of the year. The shortlist has been selected.
Last year it was Scott Neyedli and Catherine Faux who were the eventual winners after 3,500 votes were cast, both impressing with world class performances on an age-groupers schedule. Who will it be this time round? You decide!
Cast your vote for the coveted Beyond Going Long Triathlete of the Year 2014 award. Before you do so, you might like to read a little bit about the athletes below. Voting closes Friday 28th November at 9am.
Triathlete of the Year 2014 – sponsored by VO2 Cycling
This poll is now closed. Thank you for voting! Visit www.beyondgoinglong.co,uk for the results being announced very soon.
The 2014 Shortlist
All hail the latest King of Scotland. Fraser Cartmell was dominant on the Scottish triathlon scene this year, picking up just about every national title going. His 2014 palmares included Scottish National Championship wins at the Aquathlon, Middle Distance, Sprint Distance, Olympic distance and duathlon discipline. He also by virtue won the British Middle Distance Championship.
At the longer stuff Cartmell was also on song this year with a very impressive and competitive 2nd at Ironman Wales and a win against limited competition at the inaugural Hever Castle Bastion Iron-distance triathlon.
Continuing as a member of the super-stable Team Uplace-BMC, Clarke continues his transition to the longer stuff successfully. Wins at Ironman 70.3 UK, Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote a 2nd at Ironman 70.3 South Africa and a 10th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships shows he is a class act.
A fantastic year for Don who confirmed he is the real deal at the longer stuff. A short course star, is Don on the brink of bringing world title honours back to the UK? His 2014 performances certainly indicate so with the following glittering performances at Ironman 70.3 Monnterrey (1st), Ironman 70.3 Brasilia (1st), Ironman 70.3 US Championships (3rd), Ironman 70.3 Boulder (2nd), Ironman Mallorca (1st) and bronze at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
Joe Skipper continues to realise his potential with some big results on UK shores. The big one that stands out is a win at Challenge Weymouth and this was backed up with a very impressive 2nd at Ironman UK, a win at Bala, a 1st at Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon and a series of top domestic results.
This must stand as one of the most epic Kona qualifications in Ironman history. Despite breaking a bone in his back at Ironman France and requiring 8 races across the globe to get there, Harry Wiltshire inspirational drive and determination was rewarded with a start on the grandest stage in the sport. It ended in coming 31st but the real story was written at Ironman Wales (5th), Ironman New Zealand (17th), Ironman Melbourne (17th), Ironman Brazil (4th), Ironman France (DNF), Ironman UK (DNF), Ironman Sweden (5th) and Ironman Japan (2nd).
The 2012 Ironman World Champion spring a surprise in the early part of 2014 by declaring her intentions to switch to short course racing in a bid for Team Wales selection at the Commonwealth Games but she showed she ‘still has it’ with wins at ITU La Paz cup and ITU Valparaiso Cup. Her bid was controversially unsuccessful and a switch back to longer course racing was rewarded with a fruitful season that includuded top performances at Ironman 70.3 St Croix (3rd), Ironman 70.3 Boulder (3rd), Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden (2nd), Ironman Kalmar (1st) and Ironman 70.3 Cozumel (1st).
Lucy Gossage started the year with a headline making domestic result and an OVERALL win at the Ballbuster Duathlon. With Kona as her big goal, Gossage marched towards her mission as a full-time triathlete with purpose and some huge results along the way. These included Ironman South Africa (2nd), Ironman Lanzarote (1st), Alp du Huez Triathlon (2nd) and Ironman 70,3 Lanzarote (2nd). Her Kona ticket was stamped at Lanzarote and although her result might not have been one she was hoping for, this year must still be considered a tremendous success.
Another amazing year for this world-class operator. The highlight was once again a consistent and quality 3rd at the Ironman World Championships, and whilst the ‘big one’ alluded her for another year, this shouldn’t detract from a list of accomplishments that make Joyce one of our iconic long course athletes in the sports history. Joyce picked up 3rd at Ironman 70,3 Kansas, 2nd at Challenge Roth and a win at Ironman Cozumel at the end of 2013. Joyce started Kona as the worlds highest ranked triathlete.
Competing as an age-grouper, Caroline Livesey posted a series of top results that makes her one of the globes top amateurs as well as coming 2nd at the British Middle Distance championships earlier this year. Livesey finished her year as she hoped, on the age group podium at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii and along the way won her age group at Ironman Texas and Ironman Austria.
Jodie Swallow got the big result in Kona she deserves, narrowly missing out on a podium but perhaps putting some of those 2013 demons to rest. They don’t give 4th place away. On her way to a huge result in Kona, Swallow recorded top performances at Ironman 70.3 South Africa (1st), Ironman 70.3 Boulder (1st), and the Ironman St George 70.3 U.S Championships (2nd), 3rd at Hyvee 5150 and probably the biggest result of the year, a tasty 2nd at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
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