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.

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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

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Laura Siddall

Pro Triathlete, Ironman Champion and multiple half distance Champ.
4x Amateur World Champ.
Witsup contributor, Sid Talks (Fitter Radio) podcaster, Global Traveller, British, Aussie, Kiwi.
Ambassador for MORE Than Sport, SisuGirls and Women’s Sport Trust. Engineer, Consultant, ex-Military, Public Speaker.

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