Lucy Gossage takes 70.3 Staffs
The second edition of Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire on Sunday dawned still and calm, with the surface of Chasewater reservoir resembling a mirror.
Over 2,000 athletes set off in conditions that promised fast swim times, and they didn’t disappoint. Peter Kerr (AUS) was first out of the water in 22:50mins, closely followed by Brits Harry Wiltshire and Mark Threlfall. South Africa’s Matt Trautman was out in sixth place, 1:41mins off the pace of the leaders.
The lead changed several times over the course of the bike leg, with Threlfall, Markus Thomschke (GER) and Trautman all holding the lead over the course of the 90km bike leg. Harry Wiltshire was ever present, but it was Thomschke who reached T2 first with Trautman only a second behind. They’d a clear 2min lead at the start of the run over Threlfall and Wiltshire in third and fourth.
Trautman immediately surged ahead of Thomschke and the man known as ‘The Captain’ continued to build his lead over the run course. A blistering 1:14:29 run saw Trautman claim the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire title in a time of 3:56:28. The battle for second was very close, with Wiltshire surging past Thomschke 500m from the finish line to take second.