Race Report: IRONMAN 70.3 Dun Laoghaire

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On Sunday over 1500 athletes took to the water in Sandycove, the mountains of Wicklow and the streets of Dun Laoghaire as part of IRONMAN 70.3 Dun Laoghaire. A shortened swim for most participants due to weather conditions did little to affect the brilliant atmosphere throughout the course. Read the race report below, with many thanks to IRONMAN for sharing.

IRONMAN 70.3 DÚN LAOGHAIRE
NIKKI BARTLETT WINS HER FIRST EVER IRONMAN 70.3 AND ALISTAIR BROWNLEE MAKES IT AN IRISH DOUBLE

IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire kicked off for it's second edition yesterday morning. The professional field included some of the best names in triathlon including, Alistair Brownlee, Tim Don, Nikki Bartlett and Lucy Hall. 

The swim started at 7am, where professional athletes and age grouper athletes began their 1900m swim. After a thick fog rolled into Scotsmans Bay during the rolling swim start, the decision was made to shorten the swim to a 950m course for the remaining athletes. The town of Dún Laoghaire were out supporting all day and gave athletes a true Irish welcome home.

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PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S RACE

It was an exciting day in the pro women's field, as Nikki Bartlett and Lucy Hall went neck and neck throughout the whole race. Lucy lead the way for most of the race and made it out of the water first, with a time of 00:24:51, followed by Rebecca Clarke, from New Zealand, with a time of 00:26:12.

Lucy kept her pace on the bike and kept her 1st place position intact. It wasn't until the run where Nikki made up the time she had lost behind Lucy in the swim. They were toe to toe for most of the run course until Nikki passed Lucy and crossed the finish line with a 00:07:42 lead, leaving Lucy to come in 2nd.

Just a minute later, Lisa Roberts, from the USA, ran down the red carpet and took 3rd place, behind Nikki and Lucy. Lisa ran an impressive 01:26:35 half marathon. Roberts won IRONMAN Cozumel and IRONMAN Louisville in 2017, setting a course record for both races. 

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Nikki Bartlett took home her first ever IRONMAN 70.3 victory at Dún Laoghaire.

PROFESSIONAL MEN'S RACE

Only 2 months after winning his first ever IRONMAN at IRONMAN Ireland, Cork he was back in the Emerald Isle for more. All eyes were on Alistair Brownlee to see if he could make it an 'Irish Double'. Defending champion, Elliot Smales from Great Britain, was also back to try and retain his winning title. Ireland's very own, Bryan McCrystal, took to the start line and everyone was looking forward to seeing a Brownlee/McCrystal showdown once again.

Brownlee was first out of the water with only a 00:00:01 lead ahead of Ireland's, Chris Mintern, who is racing as a professional for the first time this year. Adam Bowden was hot on their tails, as they all entered T1 together. 

It was Alistair who kept the lead throughout the whole bike course, and saw McCrystal followed by Tim Don coming into T2 next. It wasn't until the run, where Smales moved up from 5th position to 2nd position leaving Bryan and Tim behind him. Tim Don pulled out of the race, 12km into the run course, as he was experiencing problems with his hip.

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Chris Mintern and Elliot Smales raced neck and neck for nearly 12km, but it was Smales who took the lead, leaving Chris in 3rd position. Adam Bowden eventually passed Mintern on the run, leaving Bowden with a less than 3 minute gap to make up with Smales.

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It was a victory that will go down in history, as Alistair Brownlee won IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire with over a 10 minute lead, making it an Irish Double win. Elliot Smales took 2nd place, with Adam Bowden taking home 3rd.