Congratulations to Cat Morrison on her impressive win at Ironman 70.3 Auckland.

Car showed great timing and patience as she stalked her prey of defending champion Annabel Luxford, before pouncing with just 6km left to go on the run and coming across the line in a time of 4:12:42 compared to Luxfords 4:15:28.

Under weather conditions that were well suited for 70.3 racing, it was Luxford who started this race in imperious looking form, emerging from the water with a clear lead and time of 24:03, whilst Sam Warriner and Kym Jaenke out next 1:02 behind. Morrison was in touch, a further 30 seconds behind those pair and would soon pass them both as she settled into 2nd place halfway through the bike whilst Luxford spun those peddles with intent, looking for all intense and purposes the winner of this race. Such was Luxford’s speed on the bike, her lead grew to 2:38 over Morrison – seemingly an unassailable difference… or was it?

On the run leg, Cat Morrison made immediate inroads and her superior turnover of foot and running strength soon started chipping time into Luxford’s lead, and she knew it. The next 10 miles were a war of attrition as the gap slowly diminished until the pass came and Cat had the lead for the first time in the day and then the win, her second this year and further indication of her form as she looks towards a 70.3 world title and Kona qualification.

Annabel Luxford finished the race in 4:15:28 and 2nd, whilst Joanna Lawn completed the podium in a time of 4:24:23. British age-grouper Polly Mosley impressed with a win in her AG and 11th overall.

Results: 1st Cat Morrison (SCO) 4:14:42, 2nd Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:15:28 3rd Joanna Lawn (NZ) 4:24:23

Article taken from Beyond Going Long