Lucy Charles dominates at Ironman Lanzarote
Brit Lucy Charles wins Ironman Lanzarote and comes within 11 minutes of breaking Paula Newby-Frazer’s course record from 1995.
Conditions in Lanzarote might not have been as windy as previous years but the scorching sun and temperature of 26°C made the day challenging for many.
Known for her fast swim, Lucy Charles was first out of the water and entered the bike leg with a healthy 5 minute lead over Kate Comber (GBR) and 8 minute lead over Saleta Castro (ESP). Defending champion Tine Holst (DNK) was 16 minutes down to Charles, and the race seemed over before it even began for the defending champion.
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Lucy Charles set out at a blistering pace and continued to push on the bike course. By the time she had progressed over El Golfo, towards Famara, and climbed to Teguise she had managed to develop a huge gap on the chase group, led by Jeanne Collonge (FRA) and Saleta Castro (ESP), but soon Lucy Gossage and Corinne Abraham would start to make their presence known.
At the 100 km mark in Mirador del Rio, Lucy Charles had an advantage of more than 13 minutes to Jeanne Collonge in 2nd, Lucy Gossage in 3rd was more than 15 minutes behind. Her lead continued to increase and by the time she entered T2 she had set a new bike course record and created a gap of almost 20 minutes over Lucy Gossage, who had overtaken Collange.
Out on the run Charles could ease into a good rhythm and control the race from the front. Behind her, the two veterans Abraham and 2014 winner Lucy Gossage were vying for the other two podium places.
Experienced Abraham started to make up a lot of ground early on the run, but 25 minutes on a marathon was too much for her to make up, especially in the scorching Lanzarote sun.
However her run performance of 3:03 earned her the fastest woman's marathon of the day and a second place finish. Lucy Gossage would round off a British podium.
"It was quite nice when I looked behind and there was a big gap between the next one and me, even though it was quite scary that it was Corinne Abraham," said Charles.
"I have no words for how it ended, it was absolutely amazing! I was quite surprised how well the bike course went, but I had a big focus on that during my training so it’s was definitely worth it. I knew I wouldn’t like the run anyway so gave it a go on the bike course.”