Joe Skipper nails Roth

Last year's runner-up in Roth takes on a stacked field at the Ironman African Championship this weekend.

| March 30, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

He's the fastest British man ever over the full distance - thanks to this 7:56:23 finish at Challenge Roth last year.

Skipper didn't do his first triathlon until 2010 when he was 22. After that he joined his local tri club (the Manchester Triathlon Club) and quickly became hooked on the sport. He turned pro after winning the British middle-distance championship and began a steady rise to the top levels of the sport. He took Challenge Weymouth in 2014 and has numerous runner-up finishes in full-distance races including Ironman Texas in 2015, Ironman New Zealand in 2016 and, of course, the race in Roth last summer. He finished 13th in Kona in 2015.

This weekend Skipper will line up against a strong field at the Ironman African Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.