Australian ultrarunner makes historical past by racing UTMB and Ironman World Champs


Ultrarunner Lucy Bartholomew made operating and triathlon historical past on Sunday, changing into solely the second girl ever to complete the 171-kilometre Extremely-Path du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) in addition to the Ironman World Championships in the identical 12 months.

Bartholomew ran remarkably effectively at each occasions, taking a tenth-place end at UTMB in 27:39:22, and finishing what was solely her second Ironman in 10:43:41, with a 3:31 marathon time. The double–practically 400 kilometres of difficult racing–has solely been conquered by one girl earlier than Bartholomew: Eire’s Diana Hogan-Murphy, in 2014. Bartholomew can also be the quickest individual of any gender to have accomplished each occasions in the identical 12 months.

Bartholomew shot to fame within the ultrarunning world in 2018, when she was the third feminine on the Western States 100. The runner shared on social media that she misplaced a few of the pleasure in racing within the years following her WSER podium, and after her 2022 race resulted in a DNF, she wasn’t certain if she’d race 100 miles once more.

“You present up (virtually) day-after-day to run to be able to run much more on the race day, end and never have the ability to run, solely to wish to run, after which run to assist within the recovering of the operating and to arrange for extra operating,” Bartholomew defined. “To take myself out of this cycle I made a decision to tick a bucket record thought to do an IRONMAN triathlon. It was a ‘at some point, sometime’ goal that I pulled ahead to assist pull me out of feeling caught.”

Bartholomew’s first Ironman, in Western Australia in December 2022, certified her for the Kona World Championship occasion in Hawaii. Whereas the runner had solely deliberate to finish one Ironman, she felt she couldn’t miss the chance to race in Hawaii. “Not being one who steps down from a problem, it appeared proper to go yet one more,” she mentioned.

“I’ve swum, biked and run my option to unbelievable restoration from UTMB and average triathlon health for Kona,” Bartholomew mentioned pre-race. “It was a enjoyable, tremendous steadiness to play with these two massive occasions so shut to one another.”

Watch the street to Bartholomew’s first Ironman on YouTube:


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