Gossage and Skipper brilliant in Bolton

Lucy Gossage dominated to take her 11th full-distance title, while Joe Skipper bounced back from Roth in style with a killer run at Ironman UK.

| July 17, 2018 | NEWS

Lucy Gossage wins Ironman Lanzarote, 2018.

Lucy Gossage wins Ironman Lanzarote, 2018.

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With the usually tough Ironman UK course featuring a shortened bike course (153 km), the times were considerably faster than previous years, but British fans were thrilled to see a pair of their countrymen take the titles in Bolton, which is just outside of Manchester.

Joe Skipper bounced back from a fourth-place finish just a few weeks earlier at Challenge Roth to dominate the run and take the men's title. Lucy Gossage keeps threatening that this might be her last pro season as she's returned to work over the last few years, but she keeps winning none the less, posting her fifth Ironman UK title and her 11th full-distance win as she dominated the women's race. In May Gossage took Ironman Lanzarote in impressive style, too.

Gossage from start to finish

Gossage led the tiny pro women's field of three out of the water in the non-wetsuit (for pros) swim, and quickly put her stamp on the race out on the bike course. She was never even remotely challenged as Angela Naeth (CAN), who was over 10 minutes down, struggled through the marathon and would eventually finish third. Camilla Linholm Borg, who was well back after the swim, managed to get passed Naeth to finish second. (Naeth was diagnosed with Lyme disease earlier this year, which likely affected her day.)

Skipper flies on the run

Balasz Czoke (HUN) led out of the water, but would eventually pull out of the race on the bike. He was three-minutes up on New Zealand's Simon Cochrane and almost six-minutes ahead of Fraser Cartmell (GBR), Marc Duelsen (GER), while Skipper was another 35 seconds behind that pair.

Duelsen would ride to a three-minute lead off the bike over Skipper, with Henry Irvine (GBR) five minutes down and Cartmell, who obviously didn't recover quite as quickly as Skipper from the race in Roth over 12-minutes behind. Once out on the run course, though, Skipper steadily gained time on Duelsen and would take the lead at 25 km, never looking back to take his first Ironman UK title. Duelsen would hang in for second, while his countryman Fabian Rahm overcame a 65-minute swim to run his way to the final spot on the podium.

Ironman UK | Men

July 15, 2018 | Bolton, England

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

153 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Joe Skipper

GBR

7:55:34

56:35

4:08:30

2:45:56

2

Marc Duelsen

GER

8:02:54

56:00

4:06:21

2:56:19

3

Fabian Rahn

GER

8:18:23

1:05:30

4:15:17

2:53:17

4

Hanry Irvine

GBR

8:19:50

58:19

4:08:35

3:08:20

5

Simon Cochrane

NZL

8:21:16

53:09

4:27:11

2:56:36

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Ironman UK | Women

July 15, 2018 | Bolton, England

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

153 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Lucy Gossage

GBR

8:51:18

1:02:26

4:28:40

3:14:26

2

Camilla Lindholm Borg

SWE

9:24:15

1:29:15

4:38:47

3:10:45

3

Angela Naeth

CAN

9:33:48

1:04:53

4:36:01

3:46:33

4

Rebecca Rimmington

GBR

9:53:19

57:23

4:54:01

3:53:59

5

Claire Walton

GBR

10:01:51

1:0711

5:12:39

3:34:27

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