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  • Welcome to the historic 30th Anniversary of the Toyota IRONMAN Australia at Port Macquarie.

    Around 1800 athletes to take part in the race on Sunday which doubles as the official Australian Club Championship, while many have arrived here to celebrate the world’s fourth oldest IRONMAN event.

    We will have full coverage of the race right here on Sunday. Over the past two weeks we have highlighted some of the great moments and some of the remarkable people who will be on the start line on Sunday.

    Click on the link below and check out some of the stories that have come out of this great event including pros, legends and age group athletes who will be toeing the start line on Sunday:

  • Event Director Update Adam Renn Athlete Official Welcome Function, Friday 1 May 2015 2015 Toyota IRONMAN Australia, Port Macquarie Race Director Update  - Fri 1 May, 2015
  • All Athletes please see Event Director's Race Update for Saturday and Sunday Bike Check-in and weather update in the link below.
  • Event Directors Race Update - Friday 1 May, 2015

  • Jenny Matthews, IRONMAN widow to IRONMAN

  • From IRONMAN widow to IRONMAN
    Jenny Matthews was once what the IRONMAN family affectionately referred to as an IRONMAN widow.
    She followed her husband Glenn around the Toyota IRONMAN Australia course with the couple’s two boys in tow, 12 times. Ask any partner of an IRONMAN and that challenge can be tougher than actually competing.
    Now, after making her debut at the races 2013 edition, she’s all set for her third IRONMAN in a row.
    At the 30th anniversary of IRONMAN Australia the 53-year-old from Sun Valley in NSW will be competing alongside her husband.
    “My husband Glenn, was the instigator for me competing in my first IRONMAN. He loves the idea that we can be involved in the same sport,” she said. “There has also been an underlying challenge that it couldn't be as bad as childbirth.”
    A cycling trip to the French Alps in 2012 was the instigator for Jenny’s move inside the ropes.
    “It seemed logical that if I was going to train for cycling in France, I may as well train for the 2013 IRONMAN,” she said.
    IRONMAN is a family affair for the Matthews with husband and wife not only racing together; they train side by side as well. It’s now Jenny’s father-in-law’s job to follow them both around the course with their two boys, now aged 19 and 17, in tow.
    “Passing the three of them on the day is always uplifting with calls from my father-in-law ...’go you good girl’ and ‘do you know it’s a race?’ from the boys. Regardless of their 'encouraging' cheers, I look forward to seeing their gorgeous smiling faces. My mother thinks we're crazy and I should take up knitting,” she said.
    And the IRONMAN bug looks like it’s spreading through the family with eldest son Jack planning to take on his first IRONMAN in 2016.
    “He's very enthusiastic for me to race ....because he wants someone out there he can beat,” she said.
  • Toyota IRONMAN Australia kicks off tomorrow, Jason Shortis is as much a part of the race as anyone. We chatted to him earlier this week to get his thoughts on the race that has been so much a part of his life.
  • Before your head hits the pillow on Toyota IRONMAN Australia eve, listen to what five time champion Lisa Bentley had to say about the place, and race, she calls her second home.

    Toyota IRONMAN Australia Inside Scoop With Lisa Bentley

    SoundCloudToyota IRONMAN Australia Inside Scoop with Lisa Bentley
  • We are less than half an hour away from the start of the the 30th anniversary of Toyota IRONMAN Australia. After a few days of almost constant rain here in Port Macquarie, the weather gods seem to be playing nice this morning.
  • Pete Jacobs returns to Toyota IRONMAN Australia for the first time since claiming the title in 2011. He had a lot to say about the history of the race, his connection to it and his chances when he spoke to us before the race.

    Toyota IRONMAN Australia Inside Scoop With Pete Jacobs

    SoundCloudToyota IRONMAN Australia Inside Scoop With Pete Jacobs
  • We're all set for the start of Toyota IRONMAN Australia in less than 15 minutes. Water temperature is 17.9 degrees.

  • The 30th anniversary of Toyota IRONMAN Australia is underway. 2011 champion Pete Jacobs, 2012 champ Paul Ambrose and 2013 champ Luke Bell all chasing title number 2 at Port Macquarie.
  • The women are just minutes from hitting the water. 2012 champion Michelle Gailey is going for title number two, will last year’s runner up Lisa Marangon claim her first title? Or will Kiwi Michelle Bremer spoil the Aussies party?
  • And the women's race is underway.
  • The age groupers have hit the water. The field is full of inspirational stories, none more so than Alexandra McCaffrey.

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  • The swim conditions are perfect.

  • Just short of half way into the swim Luke Bell, Pete Jacobs and Kiwi Graham O'Grady have a 30 second lead over Paul Ambrose, with a group including Peter Robertson 10 seconds back.
  • At just over half way into the swim Lisa Marangon and Michelle Gailey lead by 55 seconds from Michelle Bremer.

  • Lisa Marangon is in a great spot early in the swim, after second last year she's desperate to go one better this year. She spoke to before the race and had this to say.

    Toyota IRONMAN Australia Inside Scoop With Lisa Marangon

    SoundCloudToyota IRONMAN Australia Inside Scoop With Lisa Marangon
  • Luke Bell, Pete Jacobs and Kiwi Graham O'Grady are out of the swim and onto the bike. Their lead over Paul Ambrose is 39 seconds.
  • Luke Bell, Pete Jacobs and Graham O'Grady hit the bike leg.

  • At the end of the swim Lisa Marangon leads by 55 seconds from Michelle Gailey, with Christie Sym over a minute behind.
  • 2012 champion Michelle Gailey out of the water in second place.

  • Bit of a mix up in transition as the 2nd, 3rd and 4th women all went for each others bikes. All sorted now and all three are chasing Lisa Marangon.
  • 2013 champion Luke Bell

    1 Graham O'GRADY  (#8) NZL 0:44:55
    2 Luke BELL  (#3) AUS 0:44:57 +00:02
    3 Pete JACOBS  (#1) AUS 0:44:58 +00:03
    4 Paul AMBROSE  (#2) AUS 0:47:33 +02:38
    5 Lachlan KERIN  (#15) AUS 0:48:20 +03:25
    6 Nick BALDWIN  (#5) SEY 0:48:23 +03:28
    7 Peter ROBERTSON  (#4) AUS 0:48:26 +03:31
    8 Brian FULLER  (#13) AUS 0:48:27 +03:31
    9 Carl READ  (#9) NZL 0:50:27 +05:32
    10 Luke MARTIN  (#16) AUS 0:50:29 +05:33
    1 Lisa MARANGON  (#21) AUS 0:51:58
    2 Michelle GAILEY  (#24) AUS 0:52:53 +00:55
    3 Christie SYM  (#28) AUS 0:53:00 +01:02
    4 Michelle BREMER  (#23) NZL 0:53:12 +01:13
    5 Caroline GREGORY  (#29) USA 0:53:14 +01:16
    6 Michelle WU  (#26) AUS 0:53:17 +01:19
    7 Marie SORRELL  (#30) NZL 0:55:51 +03:52
    8 Jessica FLEMING  (#25) AUS 0:56:25 +04:26
    9 Marina JURJEVIC  (#31) AUS 1:00:13 +08:15
  • Early into the bike leg and the three lead men are very cautious on the wet roads. O'Grady, Bell and Jacobs are still leading by 2.20 to Ambrose, with Robertson, Nick Baldwin and Brian Fuller a further 4 minutes back.
  • At 12km of the women's race Michelle Bremer leads from Lisa Marangon, and Christie Sym with Michelle Gailey in fourth. All four are within 45 seconds of each other and have already built a decent gap to the rest of the field.
  • Our spotter out on course Toby Coote reports that conditions out on course are perfect, little to no wind.
  • At the 21km mark of the bike Michelle Bremer is just ahead of Lisa Marangon, with Christie Sym 55sec back. Michelle Gailey is a further 2.10 back in 4th.
  • Bremer and Marangon in the lead.

  • 35km into the bike Jacobs leads from O'Grady, and Bell, with Ambrose 1:41 back.

  • Our spotter Amanda Balding is reporting that it's starting to get very warm out on course.
  • The man on our logo Mark Shepherd is making a return to IRONMAN racing after a 16 year gap, he's on the bike after a very handy 1:06 swim.

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  • At 35km on the bike Bremer and Marangon are still together with Sym 1.56 back
  • At the 50km mark of the bike it's still Jacobs, O'Grady and Bell in the lead, Ambrose is 1.49 back. Robertson, Baldwin and Fuller are 3:38 back from the leaders.
  • In the battle of our 18 year twins Jack McPhee has a big lead over sister Emily, Jack swam just over 51 minutes while Emily exited the water in 1.23.
  • The battle for bragging rights for the Brunt family is well and truly on. Dad Sean is trailing son Jake and ahead of Damon, Damon is doing his first IRONMAN today, and it's his 18th birthday. Older brother Jake took the swim honours with a 49.09 swim, dad Sean was second in 51.09, with Damon third in 54.48.
  • At the 57km mark of the bike it's still Jacobs from O'Grady and Bell, Ambrose 1.44 back.
  • No change at the 47km mark for the women, Bremer and Marangon still lead with Sym 1.56 back.
  • Luke Bell seems to be listening to his own advice, after he rode with Nils Fromhold at the IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championships, he taped the word patience to his top tube for this race. We spoke to him pre-race about his chances.

    Toyota IRONMAN Australia Inside Scoop With Luke Bell

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  • At the 76km mark of the bike Luke Bell and Pete Jacobs have dropped Graham O'Grady who is now 5 minutes back. Ambrose is in third 2.40 back. Robertson, Baldwin and Fuller are in 4th, 5th and 6th.
  • At 71km on the bike Marangon leads by 10 secs to Bremer, Sym is in third 1.35 down but has just received a drafting penalty. Jess Flemming is 1.45 back in 4th.

  • At the half way point of the bike Jacobs has a lead of just over a minute to Bell in second.
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