GB’s Rachel Joyce second in 2015 Kona Ironman World Championships

Women's podium at the 2015 Ironman World Championships (l-r) Rachel Joyce, Daniela Ryf, Liz Blatchford. Photo: Getty Images

More than 2,300 athletes descended on Kailua-Kona in Hawaii on Saturday 10th October for the 37th annual Ironman World Championships. 

Competitors from 62 countries tackled the notoriously challenging 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile cycle ride and 26.2-mile marathon in incredibly humid conditions, with temperatures topping 49ºC.

Out of the huge number of competitors, GB's Rachel Joyce finished second in the women's event and three British athletes made the top 10.

Jan Frodeno from Germany won the men's title in 8:14:40 and Switzerland's Daniela Ryf won the women's race in 8:57:57. GB's Rachel Joyce stormed to a podium finish coming second in the women’s event 13 minutes behind Ryf, with Australian Liz Blatchford coming third. 

There were plenty more Brits in the winning numbers with Susie Cheetham and Lucy Gossage making it in the top ten of the women's race finishing sixth and 10th respectively and David McNamee the top Briton in 11th place, with Joe Skipper 13th and Tim Don coming in 15th.

Other notable finishers

  • Italian racing car driver and paracyclist Alex Zanardi was the first physically challenged athlete to finish, coming in at 9:40:37.
  • Tammy Nicholson defied medics after being told she would never walk again following a serious car accident 11 years ago and finished in 11:12:07.
  • Actor Sean Astin, best known for his roles in The Goonies, Rudy, and The Lord of the Rings, finished in 15:30:31.
  • Emmy award-winning actress Katherine Kelly Lang finished in 15:57:11.
  • 25 athletes in the 70-74 age category completed the epic race, including 70-year-old Raymond Gray, who finished third in his age group, coming in at 13:59:01.