British Age Grouper in top 10 overall at Kona!

Catherine Faux 10th fastest woman at Kona

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14/10/2013 at 12:05

Big congrats to Catherine Faux, who placed 10th fastest of all the women at Kona, including the pros. Age group win and fastest Female age group racer. Mega achievement!

Wabby    pirate
14/10/2013 at 13:10

Wow! That is great.

14/10/2013 at 13:11
Hats off... Great achievement!
14/10/2013 at 13:25

Also friend of a forumite (not me, someone else)

Running Postie    pirate
14/10/2013 at 14:41

I know her coach quite well and she is cock a hoop with Catherine's result. Did you know, it was also the fastest time ever for a female age grouper! Well done Catherine

Cheerful Dave    pirate
14/10/2013 at 14:57

Didn't she win Outlaw a couple of years ago?  the year before Mel won? 

Anyway, that's a great result for her.  I wonder if she regrets not being with the pros, the prize money would have been nice...

14/10/2013 at 15:01

I dont even know who she is and Im happy for her.


TheEngineer    pirate
14/10/2013 at 15:18

Mellifera, IM Champion 2014 

14/10/2013 at 15:26

"Didn't she win Outlaw a couple of years ago?  the year before Mel won? "

she did - in her 1st IM distance race. so her talent was becoming apparent then.

she was also 4th overall female at IM France this year

I suspect that Team Freespeed will be losing her to the pro ranks though now

14/10/2013 at 19:03

Wonderful time, many congrats.

By no means a thread hijack but an open question having seen one of the GB Pro racers tweet that the age groupers (direct quote) "get to draft on the bike", is that really the case?

Cheerful Dave    pirate
14/10/2013 at 19:26

Strictly speaking no, ID, drafting is banned for age groupers too.  In practice though, the greater numbers of age groupers means that minor infrigements are more likely to be overlooked, and it's less likely that you'll get caught even if you're blatantly drafting because there'll be more officials (and cameras, in the case of Kona) looking at the pros.

15/10/2013 at 08:49

Fair points CD and no doubt something I'll not need to worry about

seren nos    pirate
15/10/2013 at 09:06

they disqualify lots of people in each ironman for get a warning and then out.......if the motorbike people catch you then you are out.........which is why its good to train on your own as well as in a group or you will not be used to doing the full distance under your own steam......

Cheerful Dave    pirate
15/10/2013 at 11:52

"Our 4 Pirates did extremely well also, with 2 10-hr finishes, a 13 and a 14. An achievement in itself just to finish."

Not a pirate, but an honourablemention to padams from over on the sub-3 thread who finished in 9:30 or so. 

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