Iceland’s Jarnmadurinn Triathlon 2015 – in pics

Britain’s Nick Saunders takes honours in first edition of open-water middle-distance race

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Bracing waters and windy conditions on the bike couldn’t dissuade more than fifty hardy triathletes from taking on Iceland’s first middle-distance race last weekend, the Jarnmadurinn Triathlon.

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>>> Chris McCormack to race Iceland’s Jarnmadurinn Triathlon

Temperatures in the freshwater glacial lake Medalfellsvatn were a nippy 13°C – and closer to 8°C near the river at the start.

Australia’s two-time Ironman world champion Chris McCormack led out of the swim with a split of 27:17mins, and also biked very well on the hilly 90km bike course, finishing it in 2:38:45.

Macca pulled out of the run, citing the cold and an Achilles issue, leaving the door wide open for Britain’s Nick Saunders to storm through and win by nearly ten minutes.

Top three men

1. Nick Saunders GBR 4:30:06
2. Vidar Bragi Thorsteinsson Iceland 4:39:30
3. Egill Valur Hafsteinsson 5:10:38

Top three women

1. Ebba Saerun Brynjarsdottir 5:21:27
2. Telma Matthiasdottir 5:37:24
3. Margret Palsdottir 5:48:01

(Images: Arnold Björnsson)

Did you race in Iceland last weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Bracing waters and windy conditions on the bike couldn’t dissuade more than fifty hardy triathletes from taking on Iceland’s first middle-distance race last weekend, the Jarnmadurinn Triathlon.

>>> Chris McCormack to race Iceland’s Jarnmadurinn Triathlon

Temperatures in the freshwater glacial lake Medalfellsvatn were a nippy 13°C – and closer to 8°C near the river at the start. Undeterred, 17 women and 34 men took on the challenge.

Australia’s two-time Ironman world champion Chris McCormack led out of the swim with a split of 27:17mins, and also biked very well on the hilly 90km bike course, finishing it in 2:38:45.

Macca pulled out of the run, citing the cold and an Achilles issue, leaving the door wide open for Britain’s Nick Saunders to storm through and win by nearly ten minutes.

Top three men

1. Nick Saunders GBR 4:30:06
2. Vidar Bragi Thorsteinsson Iceland 4:39:30
3. Egill Valur Hafsteinsson 5:10:38

Top three women

1. Ebba Saerun Brynjarsdottir 5:21:27
2. Telma Matthiasdottir 5:37:24
3. Margret Palsdottir 5:48:01

(Images: Arnold Björnsson)

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Did you race in Iceland last weekend? Let us know in the comments below!