South African 70.3 Title Up For Grabs Laura Siddall January 26, 2018 Race Previews A quality field of half-distance athletes will converge on Buffalo City this weekend to contest Ironman 70.3 South Africa. Ten women are scheduled to toe the start-line, with some of the upper-echelon of the sport lining up to etch their name on the trophy. Text by Laura Siddall | Images by Getty Images, Johan Badenhorst and Witsup For the past seven years, Jodie Cunnama has won the race but after the recent birth of Jack, she is not lining up in 2018, which leaves the women’s title up for grabs. (c) Getty Images Fellow Brits, Susie Cheetham and Emma Pallant will want to keep the title under the British control and look to take the win. Pallant finished second at Ironman 70.3 World Championship last year, exhibiting her formidable run. Whilst she may have suffered a set back with a hospital stint over winter, Pallant looks to be returning to full fitness and will be targeting a win to start the year, before she builds towards racing Ironman South Africa later in 2018. Cheetham, like Cunnama, is a Brit who spends a lot of time in South Africa and knows the course well. She’s finished behind Cunnama several times and will look to take full advantage this year and claim the title. The Brits are going to have to work for it though as Boulder-based South African, Jeanni Seymour, is on the start list. Seymour has multiple half-distance wins and will be a real threat to take the win away from the Brits. Annah Watkinson will also be hoping to take the win back from the Brits. She’s another South African and had the potential to be on the podium, whilst Parys Edwards is another Brit who could find a spot on the dais. Ironman 70.3 South Africa 2018 Start List 21 Susie Cheetham 22 Annah Watkinson 23 Emma Pallant 24 Parys Edwards 25 Jeanni Seymour 26 Sarah Bonner 27 Claire Horner 28 Lina-Kristin Schink 29 Magda Nieuwoudt 30 Judith Vaquera Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.