'Ironman Cairns'l






Photos by TriathlonShots.com





Ironman athletes pre-race.





Macca getting told to go in 2 directions.





Swim course in the sea.





Not sure where the green cap swimmer in the foreground is headed, an early day maybe?





Post swim shower being appreciated.





Nice work if you can get it?

The swim can be seen in the distance from here overlooking the Cairns lagoon.





David Dellow just getting started and on his way to a win.





Jimmy Johnsen from Denmark setting himself up for 3rd place.






Macca the defending champion here, just had to finish to confirm a Kona start.





Matty White on his way to 4th.





New Zealands Belinda Harper on her way to 2nd place,

in a time of 9hr 22min 42sec




8th for Jason Shortis and still going strong at 42 years old.





Petr Vabrousek 5th.

He enters a lot of races because he prefers them to training. Sounds fair to me.





Pr1st woman Carrie Lester in 9:21:00





Interesting way to carry the banana.





3rd Candice Hammond from New Zealand in 9:24:45





The view from my hotel room.

The cyclists can be seen heading out of town.




6th. Leon Griffin (AUS) 8:40:41





1st overall age grouper Brett Carter.

7th to cross the line in 8hr 44min 3sec.





Jimmy Johnsen





The defending champ looked to be enjoying the day.





5th Rebecca Hoschke (AUS) 9:39:53






Simon Cochrane 9th in just over 9hrs.





Carrie Lester.





David Dellow takes the honours in the first ever Cairns Ironman.






Cameron Brown takes 2nd on a very hot day that reached over 30 degrees celsius.

The humidity is what is difficult to deal with though.

That makes three ironman 2nd places for Cameron this year.

More races than he normally does but ironman New Zealand was reduced to a half distance duathlon this year.






Carrie with the boomerang presented to the first man and woman.







The first 3 woman in the order above.




Men top 10

1. David Dellow (AUS) 8:15:04
2. Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:22:21
3. Jimmy Johnsen (DEN) 8:29:36
4. Matty White (AUS) 8:31:19
5. Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 8:40:00
6. Leon Griffin (AUS) 8:40:41
7. Brett Carter (AUS) 8:44:03
8. Jason Shortis (AUS) 8:53:25
9. Simon Cochrane (NZL) 9:02:01
10. Chris McCormack (AUS) 9:05:12

Women top 10

1. Carrie Lester (AUS) 9:21:00
2. Belinda Harper (NZL) 9:22:42
3. Candice Hammond (NZL) 9:24:45
4. Belinda Granger (AUS) 9:32:16
5. Rebecca Hoschke (AUS) 9:39:53
6. Monica Dalidowicz (AUS) 10:04:41
7. Susan Crowe (AUS) 10:11:41
8. Kathryn Parkinson (AUS) 10:21:52
9. Elizabeth Gordon (AUS) 10:26:34
10. Sam Boag (AUS) 10:33:42





Some entertainment for the crowd.

But also encouraging the athletes and taking the pain off their minds.





It was Challenge Cairns in 2011as can be seen on the backpack. With the purchase of the Australian

event manager USM the event is now ironman Cairns.





Most ironman entrants would be starting the days preparation in the dark and finishing in the dark.

It is the middle of Winter so the sun is going down at about 6pm. The race started at 7.05am so

that means 11 hours on the course would mean running in the dark to finish.






Great encouragement here.





The race couldn't be done without all the great volunteers.





The swim was in these guys territory but they didn't seem to mind.

There is so much to see and do in and around Cairns.

I lived and worked in Cairns for 3 months back in 2008 and highly recommend it.








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