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)