Ironman U.K. results 2012

Ironman U.K. results 2012. Bolton hosts Ironman U.K. once again and 1500 athletes are registered in the event that joins Ironman Lake Placid as the two WTC Ironman races taking place on July 22, 2012.

These days there is plenty of excitement in the air for triathlon fans in the United Kingdom as the London Olympic Games get set to go and a strong team of triathletes is expected to produce some podium results for the host country.

THE IRONMAN U.K. COURSE

As usual, nobody has a clue what sort of weather to expect but regardless of what Mother Nature throws at the athletes on race day they will still have to contend with one of the most challenging Ironman courses in the world.

The swim takes place in Pennington Flash and by all reports from past races the water can usually be expected to be on the cooler side.

2012 Ironman uk results

1500 athletes are expected at the swim start of Ironman U.K. 2012


The bike course is not for the faint of heart. There is a 14-mile stretch to begin with and it leads to the beginning of three very demanding loops that will have the cyclists climb over 5000 feet of climbing in total.

In the 26.2-mile run there is a beginning 8-mile leg that will take the runners to the beginning of several loops.

The configuration of the run course makes it very spectator friendly and no doubt the athletes will be in need of all the support they can get as they make their way to the finish line.

The field of pro athletes is not very large, but it does not mean it will not be an exciting, competitive race. Time is running out to collect Kona Ranking Points for the final slots up for grabs in order to be part of the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in the Fall of 2012.

With the race just two days away it looks like Fraser Cartmell will be going into the race as the favorite to top the podium.

Fellow British triathlete Harry Wiltshire is expected to be a threat in the race, but much will depend on whether or not he has allowed enough time to recover from a long distance triathlon just three weeks ago.

The real threat to upset the Great Britain apple-cart is Czech pro Petr Vabrousek who has his sights set on landing a spot in the big show in Kona. He posted a time of 09:07:30 in Ironman Lanzarote 2012 and should be on his game on race day in Bolton.

Vabrousek does not train all that much as he prefers to race himself into shape and has been in 110 Ironman races over the years.

PRO MEN

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Fraser Cartmell 
Petr Vabrousek 
Daniel Hawksworth 
Toby Radcliffe 
Paul Hawkins 
Cyril Viennot 
Eneko Elosegui 
Till Schramm 
Oliver Simon 
Martin Cain 
Harry Wiltshire

For the pro women one of the deserving favorites of the five-woman pro field is Eimear Mullan of Ireland who was the winner of Ironman 70.3 U.K. just last month. However Amanda Stevens is a late entry into the race and could become the one to beat.

Much depends on how well she recovers from Ironman Frankfurt 2012 a few weeks ago where she posted a swim-split time of 45:04 and a race time of 09:33:10 that put her in seventh spot in a very strong field of some of the best female pros in the world.

ironman uk results 2012

A perfect morning at Pennington Flash for the swim start.

It almost goes without saying that she will be the first out of the water, but two weeks is a very short recovery time between two Ironman distance races and it may be a factor late in the race.

However, the late entry of Stevens into Ironman U.K. certainly adds some intrigue into the race for top spot among the pro women.

PRO WOMEN

Eimear Mullan 
Annett Kamenz 
Kristin Baker
Bethan Fowler
Dr. Amanda Stevens

RACE DAY

From all reports out of Bolton Mother Nature is co-operating and the weather for the start of the race is about as good as could possibly be expected.

The water is calm but cool at 18 degrees Celsius with negligible wind as the race gets set to start.

The swimmers are on their way and it will be a challenging but exciting time for those doing their first Ironman.

As was expected Fraser Cartmell and Harry Wiltshire will be among the first out of the water for the pro men.

Amanda Stevens is having another spectacular swim and will have a big lead leaving the swim/bike transition area.

However, a lot can happen on the very demanding bike course.

PRO MEN-SWIM

Wiltshire, Harry...................00:47:55
Halksworth, Daniel.................00:47:56
Cartmell, Fraser...................00:48:15
Simon, Oliver......................00:48:24
Viennot, Cyril.....................00:50:56
Hawkins, Paul......................00:52:39

It seemed that a ten-minute lead for Amanda Stevens would not be impossible because she is so strong in the swim, but she did way better than that and was out of the water 15 minutes ahead of Eimear Mullan.

PRO WOMEN-SWIM

Stevens, Amanda...................00:48:19
Mullan, Eimear....................01:03:19
Kamenz, Annett....................01:04:02
Fowler, Bethan....................01:05:33
Baker, Kristin....................01:05:58

Early on in the bike it is Fraser Cartmell who is in front just at the beginning of the first loop with Dan Hawksworth second and Cyril Viennot in third.

Of course Amanda Stevens still in front for the women in the early stages. Annett Kamenz of Germany has passed Eimear Mullan for second place.

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Dr. Amanda Stevens had a strong swim and bike.-image by Wavney Thompson


Fraser Cartmell and Dan Hawksworth finally ended up together and stayed that way for much of the bike course leaving Viennot, Hawkins and Simon fighting it out for the other positions. No word on where Petr Vabrousek currently is, but he was six minutes back of the leader coming out of the water.

Nearing the end of the bike course the lead for the two front-runners is down to just two minutes as Viennot has been pushing hard and is in third place. At that point Viennot appeared to disappear from the radar screen and the third male actually out of transition is Paul Hawkins.

It appears that Viennot has been disqualified from the race. No reason has been given as of yet.

A bit surprisingly, Amanda Stevens has maintained much of her 15-minute swim lead as she nears the bike/run transition. Eimear Mullan was 13-minutes back at last report. So far Stevens does not seem worse for wear considering she finished Ironman Frankfurt two weeks ago. No doubt she is in this race for the valuable Kona Ranking Points that are up for grabs.

However there is still the run to get through and if she falters at all Eimear Mullan will be ready to pounce.

<h3<PRO MEN AFTER THE BIKE

Cartmell, Fraser................04:59:30
Halksworth, Daniel..............05:00:23
Hawkins, Paul...................05:02:38
Cain, Martin GBR................05:07:18
Simon, Oliver...................05:17:48

PRO WOMEN AFTER THE BIKE

Stevens, Amanda.................05:44:46
Mullan, Eimear..................05:42:25
Kamenz, Annett..................05:46:56
Baker, Kristin..................06:02:47
Fowler, Bethan..................06:30:27

At the six-mile mark in the run it is still Fraser Cartmell in the lead, but all race he has been unable to shake Daniel Halksworth who is just one-minute back.

The fastest female bike split of the day was posted by an age-group athlete. Alison Rowatt rode the very tough course in a time of 5:39:16 but had to drop out after the bike portion of the race. In 2010 she was the over-all amateur champion of the Clearwater 70.7 World Championships.

The race has taken on a new look for the pro men as Dan Halksworth takes over the lead from Fraser Cartmell and begins to pull away by quite a margin just past the 17-mile mark. Cartmell has slowed considerably and is losing almost two minutes every mile as Halksworth stretches out his lead to over seven minutes and growing.

It is not surprising that Eimear Mullan is closing the gap on Amanda Stevens and you would have to think that doing a full Ironman two-weeks ago would start to tell on Stevens at some point and indeed, Eimear appears ready to challenge for the lead as the run is still in the early stages for the women.

By the 12-mile mark there is not much more than two minutes separating Stevens and Eimear.

2012 ironman uk results

Eimear Mullan scoring an impressive win over defending champion Emma-Kate Lidbury in U.K. 70.3 Ironman 2012 in June now has her first full Ironman win.


Daniel Halksworth of the United Kingdom is the winner of Ironman U.K. 2012. Fraser Cartmell finishes in second place. Paul Hawkins finished in third spot by just 10 seconds over Petr Vabrousek who came charging in the marathon, but came up just short. Originally Vabrousek was placed in third spot by race spotters, but is officially in fourth.

Eimear Mullan has taken over the lead from Amanda Stevens and begins to pull away with a lead of just over three minutes with ten miles left to run and will be attempting to hold on for her first ever Ironman victory.

With just five miles to go Mullan stills holds on to the lead and appears to be on her way to victory in Ironman U.K. 2012.

Eimear Mullan takes top spot for the pro women in Ironman U.K. 2012 for her first Ironman victory.

TOP SIX MALE PROS

Halksworth, Daniel...............08:55:11
Cartmell, Fraser.................09:07:00
Hawkins, Paul....................09:10:50
Vabrousek, Petr..................09:11:00
Cain, Martin.....................09:30:48
Elosegui, Eneko..................09:38:03

TOP FIVE FEMALE PROS

Mullan, Eimear..................10:08:44
Stevens, Amanda.................10:16:57
Kamenz, Annett..................10:21:58
Baker, Kristin..................10:48:39
Fowler, Bethan..................11:46:16

You can view the Ironman U.K. 2012 age-group top five results right here on IronStruck.com.

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