Farlow and Moeller set course records at Ironman UK
Canada's Claudia Johnston gets fifth.
Australia’s Aaron Farlow and Germany’s Kristin Moeller both set new course records on their way to winning Ironman UK today.
Farlow exited the water in second (45:00), but used a bike course record of 4:53:46 and a run course record of 2:41:45 to set the overall course record of 8:24:33 (breaking Fraser Cartmell’s 8:40 from last year) to take the Ironman UK title. France’s Romain Guillaume who was passed by Farlow in the closing stages of the bike finished second (8:41:24), and Nick Saunders of the UK picked up third (8:51:30)
Moeller, the 2009 German Duathlon Champion and second at Ironman Wisconsin last year, used her run prowess to set a new marathon record of 2:41:57 and in the process took the overall win in 9:19:04 – a new course record (breaking Bella Bayliss’ 9:33:59 from 2009). Fellow German Diana Riesler took a healthy lead to the marathon thanks to a new bike course record (5:25:56) but her 3:02:28 was not quick enough to keep Moeller away. Riesler crossed the line in 9:25:41 for second and the UK’s Yvette Grice, the defending champion, finished third in 9:37:31 – better than her 10:01:02 last year. Canada’s Claudia Johnston, won the women’s 35-39 age group and captured fifth among all women with a time of 10:07:55.
1. Aaron Farlow (AUS) 8:24:33
2. Romain Guillaume (FRA) 8:41:24
3. Nick Saunders (UK) 8:51:30
4. Domenico Passuello (ITA) 8:51:51
5. Oliver Simon (UK) 8:54:28
1. Kirstin Moeller (GER) 9:19:04
2. Diana Riesler (GER) 9:25:41
3. Yvette Grice (UK) 9:37:31
4. Joanna Carritt (UK) 9:59:20
5. Claudia Johnston (CAN) 10:07:55 *F35-39 (1:00:08, 5:45:27, 3:17:06)