Weekend recap: Ironman Boulder, Escape from Alcatraz, 70.3 Herning and 70.3 Staffordshire

A look at some of the results from a busy weekend of triathlon racing including an impressive wire-to-wire win in Boulder, the classic Escape from Alcatraz and big half-distance performances in Denmark and the UK.

| June 10, 2019 | NEWS

Mike Reilly interviews Lauren Brandon after her wire-to-wire win at Ironman Boulder.

Mike Reilly interviews Lauren Brandon after her wire-to-wire win at Ironman Boulder.

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Kanute makes it three in a row at Escape from Alcatraz, Gentle tops women's race

At the American classic Escape from Alcatraz Ben Kanute claimed his third straight win in the race that begins off the famous Alcatraz prison in San Francisco then takes on a short, challenging bike before finishing with a run filled with sand and steps. After his disappointing middle-distance race at The Championship last weekend, Kanute, the 26-year-old 2016 Olympican, secured his hat trick in a time of 1:59:22 after his 2017 and 2018 victories. Second went to ex-professional Joe Maloy (USA, 2:00:17), who retired in 2017, the 2016 champion, while third went to Josh Amberger (AUS, 2:02:15). In the women's race, short distance specialist Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) took the win in 2:13:29. Behind her were Lauren Goss (USA, 2:14:29) and Sarah Haskins-Kortuem (USA, 2:17:59).

Hanson and Brandon tops in Boulder

Ironman Boulder, known for its scenic course, saw American Matt Hanson race to an impressive sub-8 hour performance thanks to his 7:57:03 fnish time. His countrymen Kennett Petersen (8:01:35) and Tim O'Donnell (8:09:37) took second and third. The women's race saw a resounding wire-to-wire win by American super-swimmer Lauren Brandon, who won in a time of 9:09:09. Behind her were Lesley Smith (USA, 9:26:12) and Danielle Mack (USA, 9:32:08).

Lucy Charles-Barclay and George Goodwin win at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire

It was an all-UK podium at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire. For the men George Goodwin (3:57:26) beat Will Clarke (4:01:16) and Elliot Smales (4:04:53). Lucy Charles-Barclay, fresh off her big win at The Championship the week before, won the middle-distance race in 4:22:30 ahead of strong rival Emma Pallant (4:26:04) and Katrina Rye (4:29:20).

Danish dominance at Challenge Herning 

The Danes dominated the middle-distance race in their home country. Mathias Lyngsø Petersen took the day in the cold and rainy conditions with a time of 3:49:53 ahead of his two compatriots Kristian Høgenhaug (3:50:37) and Thomas Strange (3:51:26). In the women's race Swede Sara Svensk took the day in 4:10:28 ahead of Great Britain's Kimberley Morrison (4:14:08) and Pernille Thalund (DNK, 4:21:21).