Ironman UK Results 2013: Men's and Women's Top Finishers

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Ironman UK Results 2013: Men's and Women's Top Finishers
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On Sunday, a relatively new face and one of the most decorated triathletes in the world reigned supreme. 

Great Britain's Ritchie Nicholls and Irish star Eimear Mullan captured the titles at the 2013 edition of the Ironman UK 70.3, and it wasn't even close. 

That's because the 25-year-old Nicholls swam, biked and ran away from the rest of the field all day, and finished the course more than five minutes before his next closest competitor at Wimbleball Lake. 

On the women's side, Mullan finished just over a minute ahead of British runner-up Holly Lawrence, who held a three-minute lead on the 31-year-old Ireland native following the 1.2 mile swim. 

Heading into the race, Fraser Cartmell, a three-time former champion of the Ironman UK had to be considered the favorite, but Nicholls' final leg was far too much for any of his fellow Brits to overcome.

Following the swim, as the official Ironman UK Twitter account reported, it was already a three-man race. 

 

Regardless of which of the three contenders came out on top, it was clear the grueling test of endurance would be won by a Brit, as the top seven finishers all hailed from the home country

Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Div. Rank Overall Rank
Nicholls, Ritchie GBR 00:24:01 02:32:49 01:14:39 04:15:04 1 1
Don, Tim GBR 00:23:56 02:32:45 01:19:42 04:20:07 2 2
Cartmell, Fraser GBR 00:23:57 02:32:47 01:20:04 04:20:30 3 3
Clarke, Will GBR 00:23:59 02:41:01 01:16:31 04:25:51 4 4
Widmann, Uwe GER 00:25:35 02:42:12 01:22:51 04:35:28 5 5
Skipper, Joe GBR 00:27:06 02:42:43 01:23:34 04:37:35 6 6
Baxter, Sam GBR 00:28:55 02:41:33 01:23:00 04:38:30 1 7
Baldwin, Nick SEY 00:27:04 02:43:29 01:25:54 04:41:28 7 8
Fanous, Lawrence JOR 00:24:00 02:51:29 01:22:35 04:42:13 8 9
Wilby, Peter GBR 00:27:40 02:44:05 01:26:06 04:43:39 2 10

By the time the race's second leg was over, it was clear it would be one of Nicholls, Tim Don or Cartmell who would emerge victorious, as the leaders had separated themselves from the field by more than eight minutes during the 56.4-mile bike ride. 

In the end, Nicholls squeaked out the victory with a furious finish to the 13.1-mile run, clocking in at 1:14:39. The win represents a landmark title for a triathlete who recently moved up in terms of distance over a field that featured a number of the sport's most accomplished athletes. 

Despite a late push by Don, Nicholls eventually managed to put enough distance between himself and the 2006 World Triathlon Champion by finishing the run five minutes before his fellow Brit. 

Though the women's side of the race was more balanced in terms of the nationalities of the top athletes, four of the first seven women to cross the finish line were British, with German Kristin Moeller finishing more than four minutes behind Lawrence and Mullan to round out the top three.

Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Div. Rank Overall Rank
Mullan, Eimear IRL 00:29:00 02:55:08 01:28:19 04:56:59 1 18
Lawrence, Holly GBR 00:25:55 02:56:33 01:30:54 04:58:01 2 20
Moeller, Kristin GER 00:30:35 03:00:50 01:25:46 05:02:33 3 23
Forshaw, Amy GBR 00:29:33 03:07:28 01:29:32 05:12:38 4 40
Scherrer, Barbara SUI 00:29:49 02:59:35 01:37:44 05:13:53 1 44
Bridge, Carol GBR 00:27:10 03:03:52 01:38:40 05:14:55 5 45
Rowatt, Alison GBR 00:33:10 03:02:41 01:37:55 05:20:13 1 56
Grant, Julia NZL 00:29:25 03:06:02 01:39:36 05:21:08 6 58
Gill, Vicky GBR 00:33:25 03:02:39 01:39:34 05:22:19 2 61
Duffy, Jennifer IRL 00:31:29 03:11:03 01:38:06 05:27:13 1 73

For both Mullan and Nicholls, the final leg of the race was the key to victory, as both champions made up for the time lost in the water by burning the competition on the ground. 

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