Ironman Lanzarote has a reputation for being one of the toughest Ironman races around. This year, the top three women from 2016 all return for a shot at the much coveted title.
Text By Laura Siddall | Images By Witsup, Getty Images and Natascha Schmitt
Tine Holst won in 2016, but was less than one and a half minutes ahead of Alexandra Tondeur in second. Tondeur recently finished seventh at Ironman South Africa. These two will do battle again in 2017.
Super swimmer Lucy Charles raced in 2016, finishing third in her first Ironman as a professional. Charles has had a great season already, showing that she can also bike and run with the best over the half distance in races. Charles recently won Challenge Lisboa, after finishing a very very close second to Emma Pallant at Challenge Gran Canaria. Charles also retained her title in the 3.8km Lanzarote Open Water Swim race at the weekend, showing she’s in good form ready for the Ironman. With the form Charles is showing over the half distance this year, it’s going to be exciting to see if she’s in the same shape for the full.
After winning back in 2014, Lucy Gossage returns to again this year. Gossage is an incredibly experienced and world-class athlete with multiple Ironman and half distance wins as well as a top ten in Kona last year, after breaking her collar bone only a month or so before. She is a tough racer and loves this course. This year Gossage returned to work as an Oncology Doctor, and so has been balancing full time work in the medical profession with training to compete as a world-class triathlete.
Whilst Gossage admits it may have taken her a bit of time to find the right work-training balance, and she’s probably still working on what works and doesn’t with her training, she certainly hasn’t show signs of slowing down, recording a PB in a half marathon earlier this year.
Gossage’s performance in Kona last year, off the back of breaking her collar bone, show’s that she’s a tough and resilient competitor and always gives her all. She’ll be out fighting to win the title in Lanzarote again in 2017.
Another athlete returning in 2017 after a third place in 2014 behind Gossage is Corinne Abraham. No stranger to the podium Abraham won Ironman Melbourne in 2013, but unfortunately has battled with injury since. Already with a few half-distance races under her belt this year, it looks as though Abraham is back ready to race, healthy and fit.
Unfortunately, Germany’s Natascha Schmitt has recently posted on social media that she will be withdrawing from the race. Schmitt’s bike was badly damaged in transit to the event and has made the decision not to race on an unknown bike, preferring to concentrate on her next event.
Ironman Lanzarote 2017 Start List
|6||Charles||Lucy||PRO||F||GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)|
|8||Gossage||Lucy||PRO||F||GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)|
|13||Castro Nogueira||Saleta||PRO||F||ESP (SPAIN)|
|17||Abraham||Corinne||PRO||F||GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)|
|23||Bueno Perez||Patricia||PRO||F||ESP (SPAIN)|
|25||Comber||Kate||PRO||F||GBR (UNITED KINGDOM)|
|31||Fillnow||Kelly||PRO||F||USA (UNITED STATES)|