Leanda Cave on the bike at Kona 2014

Kona 2014: how the British pros got on in Hawaii

Rachel Joyce and Jodie Swallow finish strong in third and fourth position, while Harry Wiltshire is the top-placing British male and Dan Halksworth DNFs

The British pros delivered some sterling performances at Ironman Hawaii last weekend despite punishingly hot and windy conditions, with Rachel Joyce taking a commendable third behind Daniel Ryf (SUI) and Jodie Swallow a gutsy fourth.

Check out our full race reports for the men’s and women’s races, won by Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) respectively, and take a look at our exclusive photo gallery.

Rachel Joyce – 3rd

Rachel Joyce on the run at Kona 2014

Another great race for Joyce, who copped a black eye in the swim and revealed afterwards she got dunked a few times but fought back to emerge from Kailua Bay in 56:47mins. A speedy bike (4:56:47) enabled her to stay close to the leader Daniela Ryf (SUI) all the way back from the Hawi turnaround. Once out of T2 she went in hot pursuit of the Swiss athlete, but her 3:06:27 run wasn't enough to keep Carfrae at bay, and she eventually finished third.

Corinne Abraham – 11th

Not the best of starts for the Uplace-BMC athlete on her Kona debut, with a difficult swim (1:06:26) followed by a time penalty on the bike (5:11:45). However, she rallied and posted the third-fastest marathon time of the day (3:02:47) to cross the line for 11th place.

Jodie Swallow – 4th

As we confidently predicted Jodie helped lead out the swimmers (54:28mins), but lost time on the bike by picking up a 4min penalty for an unclear offence. She held strong on the run to finish fourth in 9:10:19.

Leanda Cave – 18th 

Leanda Cave on the bike at Kona 2014

Britain’s 2012 Kona champion was one of our top-ten picks going into this year’s race thanks to a convincing 8:58hrs win at Ironman Sweden last August. She put in a speedy swim (55:49mins) to reach transition in the top five, and reached the turnaround point on the bike in ninth position. Cave slipped a few places on the way back down Queen K to reach T2 in 12th spot, but that sub-3hr marathon eluded her and she crossed the line in 18th position.

Lucy Gossage – 32nd

Britain’s neo-pro had already raced Kona twice as an age-grouper, but had a tough day out on the course this year – though she did finish. Gossage left the water just behind Corinne Abraham (1:06:36) and was only a little slower on the bike (5:17:55), but it all caught up with her on the run and she was forced to walk in places, meaning she crossed the line in 11:32:12.

Cat Morrison 

Scotland's four-time world duathlon champion took exactly an hour to complete the 3.8km swim, setting her up for her strengths – the bike and run. But tough conditions out on the Queen K saw her complete bike in 5:19:19 before dropping out on the run.

Harry Wiltshire – 29th

In his eighth Ironman of 2014, Blighty’s top-placing male pro delivered his usual impressive swim (51:19mins) to emerge among the leaders hit the Queen K highway in a strong position. He completed the 180km bike in a hair under 5hrs and stayed strong on the run to finish in exactly 9hrs – enough to avoid getting chicked by the women’s winner, and finish 29th.

Paul Ambrose – 30th

The Sydney-based athlete had a tough day on his Kona debut, admitting afterwards that it was “horribly hard”, but by his times you wouldn’t think so – he completed the swim in 52:15mins, less than two minutes behind leader Andy Potts, the bike in 4:50:29 and the run in 3:15:43 for an overall finish of 9:02:58.

Dan Halksworth – DNF

Dan Halksworth on the run at Kona 2014

Jersey’s finest was also right up there with the leaders coming out of the swim (51:05mins) and showed just how strong his bike has become (4:37:06) by reaching T2 in 11th position. However, in the company of some very fleet-footed runners he couldn’t hold his form on the marathon and dropped out before the halfway mark.

(Main image: Paul Phillips)

Were you racing Kona 2014? How did you get on? Let us know in the comments below!


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Surely James Gilfillan deserves a mention... an age grouper who was the first GBR runner home after a stunning bike split!


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