The Ironman 70.3 European Championship took place in Wiesbaden, Germany this weekend.
The challenging, yet scenic course, started with a 1.9km swim at Lake Raunheimer Waldsee, a 90 km; one loop bike course over a series of hilly climbs and steep descents, followed by a half marathon to the finish line!
In the pro female and male races, Scotland's Catriona Morrison and Ritchie Nicholls and came back with two podium finishes!
Starting with the women’s pro race – Catriona put in an excellent performance and showed her injury problems over the last couple of seasons are well behind her, as she sealed a third place finish behind Annabel Luxford and winner Daniela Ryf, a great result.
In the men’s pro event, Ritchie Nicholls was in the mix from the start of what was a fast paced race. Up against a strong field that included 2008 Olympic Champion, Jan Frodeno, 2005 Ironman World Champion; Faris Al-Sultan and reigning World Champion; Sebastian Kienle. Ritchie produced an excellent and consistent performance to take the victory and become Ironman 70.3 European Champion; and as if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, he did so in record time – securing a course record!
Also performing this weekend was Alison Rowatt and current Scottish Middle Distance Champion Jennifer Stewart. Alison and Jennifer competed in the 30-34 Age Group, with Alison winning the event more than 10 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. The second spot went to Verena Walter of Germany with Jennifer in third.
With these great results, Jennifer has secured her place in the 2013 Ironman World Championship 70.3 event in Las Vegas on Sunday 8 September, and Alison has secured her place in the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, Saturday 12 October.
Only 30 spots were up for grabs for the Ford Ironman World Championship across all the divisions and Alison had to win her group in order to gain her place. What was an impressive feat anyway, Alison not only had the pressure of knowing she needed to win this European Championship to gain her spot, but she was also returning from injury after undergowing foot surgery earlier in the year. An extremely determined performance from Alison – well done.
1 Ritchie Nicholls, GBR, 03:56:55
2 Jan Frodeno, GER, 03:57:35
3 Alessandro Degasperi, ITA, 04:00:14
4 Josh Amberger, AUS, 04:02:37
5 Boris Stein, GER, 04:02:47
1 Daniela Ryf, SUI, 04:31:34
2 Annabel Luxford, AUS, 04:32:43
3 Catriona Morrison, GBR, 04:36:27
4 Tamsin Lewis, GBR, 04:39:28
5 LisaHütthaler, AUT, 04:42:40
Age Group Female 30-34
1 Alison Rowatt, GBR, 04:52:02
2 Verena Walter, GER, 05:07:18
3 Jennifer Stewart, GBR, 05:10:22
4 Steffi Jansen, GER, 05:12:47
5 Rebecca Fondermann, GER, 05:20:11