McNamee and Gossage Victorious in the UK
David McNamee and Lucy Gossage celebrated hometown wins at IRONMAN UK.
by Volker Boch
McNamee earns rookie win
IRONMAN rookie David McNamee (GBR) got off to a great start at IRONMAN UK. Although the weather was drizzly and the day started quite cold and cloudy, the pro field brought the heat to the water at Pennington Flash.
McNamee was the first athlete out of the water in 48:01, followed five seconds later by Denis Chevrot (FRA). Fraser Cartmell (GBR) trailed 27 seconds later in third place, setting off for a strong ride shortly after.
Catching up with McNamee after a few kilometers, the duo dominated the ride on the first 160 kilometers before Cartmell made a decisive move, pulling ahead.
Cartmell entered T2 with a lead of 3:20 over McNamee, followed by Joe Skipper (GBR) trailing 8:11 behind in third place.
Though fourth place Victor del Corral (ESP) is known for his super running ability, it was rookie McNamee who attacked on the run. At the early point of 15 kilometers into the marathon, McNamee made a pass for the lead, never giving it away through the finish.
Still running strong, McNamee continued to grow his lead, extending it to five minutes with just five kilometers left in the race.
After two third-place finishes at IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca and IRONMAN 70.3 Kraichgau earlier this season, the 27-year old rookie celebrated a sensational rookie triumph, claiming first place in this race.
"I knew there was an outside chance to make the podium, but to come out on top is fantastic," said Mcnamee, "I didn’t even expect to be doing an IRONMAN last year. I’m struggling to put into words how pleased and proud I am."
Gossage runs away with the win
Michelle Vesterby (DEN) had the best swim in the women’s race, but did not hold the lead for long.
Keiko Tanaka (JPN) took over on the first section of the bike before hometown favorite Lucy Gossage (GBR) cranked out a great performance. The 2013 IRONMAN UK champion stormed to the front early on the bike, hammering away from her competition. Gossage came off the bike with a huge 15:48 lead over Caroline Livesey (GBR) and a 24:15 advantage over Eleanor Haresign (GBR).
With a stellar performance in the books, the strongest portion of the day was yet to come for Gossage. She had the best run split by far, bringing a sensational lead to the finish line.
"I’ve never wanted something so much," said Gossage. "I caught the girls quickly on the bike and I felt amazing on the run - probably my best ever." Gossage expressed warm thanks to all of the spectators who stood the tough weather conditions saying, "The UK crowds and support can’t beat any other race. Kona is my next goal, but for now [I’m] just savoring every [moment]."
Originally from Ironaman.com