Two half-distance races in Canada on the weekend saw two very different outcomes. At Ironman 70.3 Calgary, it was victory for a genuine Kona title contender, while Challenge Epenticton saw the rare occurrence of no professionals making it to the finish line.
Text By Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley | Images By Wattie Ink
Jackson Stampedes To Victory In Calgary
Text By Rob Sheeley
Heather Jackson returned to the winner’s circle with a bang via a six-minute victory at Ironman 70.3 Calgary on the weekend.
It was a polished display from the American, defeating 2016 champion Jen Spieldenner with Svenja Thoes in third.
It was Spieldenner who set the pace early, emerging from the water with a 1:54 lead over Christen Brown and Jenny Fletcher.
Jackson was three minutes from the front at that stage but set about erasing that deficit on the bike with a vengeance.
By the end of the 90km, Jackson had managed a seven-minute turnaround on Spieldenner and was now over four minutes in front.
In a clinical bike/run combination, Jackson extended her lead over the course of the half-marathon to seal an emphatic victory.
Jackson will now head towards Ironman 70.3 Steelhead in August as she builds towards another tilt at the Ironman World Championship in October.
Ironman 70.3 Calgary 2017 Results
Age Groupers Get The Glory At Penticton
Text By Laura Siddall
With Pentiction hosting the ITU Long Course Worlds later this year, it would have been a great opportunity for women to race as preparation. It’s also just a gorgeous location and town and is a one of the prettier triathlon races about.
Unfortunately it was a small pro field and it appears that no women were able to finish the race with Carly Johann crashing out and needing up being taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder and Mackenzie Madison pulling out due to heat issues.
Claire Robinson was the first age grouper across the line with, Kristi Buescher second and Lindsay Glassford in third all finishing within five-minutes of each other.
Challenge Penticton 2017 Results
Claire Robinson 5:02:40
Kristi Buescher 5:03:16
Lindsay Glassford 5:05:21