British podium on home soil 70.3 Weymouth

Monday 24 September 2018
The British are obviously used to their weather conditions as they dominated both the male and the female podium – whilst there had been quite some drop outs amongst the rest of the field. It was a hard and rough race due to the cold and rainy weather.

The swim was shortened to 950 m due to choppy water that saw Germany's Nils Frommhold exit the swim in 14:27 with Elliot Smales (GBR) and Will Clarke (GBR) following. Will Clarke soon took over on the bike and Frommhold was amongst the top 3 until the second part of the bike course when both of them dropped out. The French Alexandre Blain took over the leading position with Elliot Smales behind him. Blain also was first out on the run course but Smales took over already at 5 km's. Blain fell back and Sam Pictor and Sam Proctor (both GBR) chased Smales with a constantly bigger growing gap.

Elliot Smales won the IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth in 4:03:08, Sam Pictor came in second in 4:06:29. Sam Proctor completed the British podium in 4:07:27.

On the women’s side, India Lee (GBR) came out of the water first in 15:31. Fanella Langridge (GBR) was already first out on the bike course but Nikki Bartlett (GBR) took over pretty soon. Langridge stayed in second position with India Lee in 3rd. These top three remained constant until running 15 k's when Lee made it to the front and Bartlett fell back to third. India Lee kept her pace and won the race in 04:25:05. Nikki Bartlett overtook Langridge and became second in 4:28:01, Langridge finished third in 4:28:06.

Top 5 Pro Men
1 Smales, Elliot GBR 4:03:08
2 Pictor, Sam GBR 4:06:29
3 Proctor, Sam GBR 4:07:27
4 Blain, Alexandre FRA 4:10:44
5 Cartmell, Fraser GBR 4:12:42

Top 5 Pro Women
1 Lee, India GBR 4:25:05
2 Bartlett, Nikki GBR 4:28:01
3 Langridge, Fenella  GBR 4:28:06
4 Cummings, Chantal GBR 4:33:46
5 Richards, Suzie GBR 4:43:25
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