One km later, the gap continues to shrink - Pete Jacobs continues to gain ground on race leader Luke Bell. Here are the splits at 11.6 km: 1 Luke BELL 7 Pro Run 11.6k 00:03:25 00:00:00
2 Courtney OGDEN 4 Pro Run 11.6k 00:03:19 00:02:39
3 Jonathan HOTCHKISS 36 Pro Run 11.6k 00:03:19 00:05:17
4 Pete JACOBS 3 Pro Run 11.6k 00:03:14 00:07:21
5 Matty WHITE 6 Pro Run 11.6k 00:03:18 00:07:27
6 Patrick VERNAY 1 Pro Run 11.6k 00:03:27 00:07:59
Rhae Shaw remains in third, but she's now losing time to the two faster runners ahead of her. Making her Ironman professional debut, Shaw is now 6 minutes down on Keat through about 2.5 km of the marathon.
Courtney Ogden has gained some time over the last few km of the run - through 14 km he's now 1:40 down on Bell, who continues to look really good. He's forcing the men behind him to run really fast right now to try and gain time.
Right now it's very much a three-woman race here in Busselton - here are the splits for the top women into T2 so far: 1 Kate BEVILAQUA 23 Pro Cycle 04:53:52 00:00:00
2 Rebekah KEAT 21 Pro Cycle 05:02:00 00:00:26
3 Rhae SHAW 31 Pro Cycle 04:53:29 00:04:32
4 Amelia PEARSON 22 Pro Cycle 05:15:19 00:13:56
5 Jodie SCOTT 26 Pro Cycle 05:17:13 00:20:08
6 Kirsten MOLLOY 25 Pro Cycle 05:26:20 00:27:25
Through 7 km of the run, Rebekah Keat has managed to open up a gap of 52 seconds on Kate Bevilaqua.
Luke Bell is affirming his position here in Busselton - through 17 km he's managed to gain back some of the time the men chasing him had taken into his lead. Here are the splits: 1 Luke BELL 7 Pro Run 17.5k 01:07:09 00:00:00
2 Courtney OGDEN 4 Pro Run 17.5k 01:07:13 00:02:30
3 Jonathan HOTCHKISS 36 Pro Run 17.5k 01:07:16 00:06:08
4 Pete JACOBS 3 Pro Run 17.5k 01:04:02 00:06:44
5 Matty WHITE 6 Pro Run 17.5k 01:07:35 00:07:56
Ironman surfaces for Western Australian triathlon
Here's another age group story written by Holly Ranson. Ken Marr finished the swim today in 1:22:31
After three weeks living confined to an area of 77 metres by eight metres, the 224-kilometre course of Ironman Western Australia triathlon will seem like a very, very long way for Ironman Ken Marr.
The career submariner will still have his sea legs when starts the gruelling event straight after serving three weeks as the second-in-command of the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarine HMAS Waller.
“Training for an Ironman as a submariner is a bit of an issue while in a sea-going capacity. For my last four Ironman races, I have been in shore positions supporting submarines, but this year will be different as I am currently spending a lot of time at sea,” Marr said.
“Training until late October will be easy. However, when I join Waller, training will become a struggle. Onboard, we have some equipment, but nothing that really is conducive to Ironman training.
“I hope to get all the hard training out of the way by mid-November, and I’ll just use the rower and bike machines onboard to stay loose and hope for the best.”
The 47-year-old lieutenant-commander has sailed on British, Swedish, Canadian, US and Australian submarines in a defence-force career spanning 28 years. Born in Scotland, he later served 25 years in the Canadian Forces before moving to Secret Harbour in south-west Western Australia in 2008.
He has also been a competitive triathlete for the past 10 years and intends to complete an Ironman every two years while he is able.
The men through 19 km: Bell continues to lead the way - his lead is just over two minutes on Courtney Ogden and is up to 6:31 on Hotchkiss. Matty White is now in fourth, 7:45 down.
Kate Bevilaqua is making this a race! The woman from Perth is now only 20 seconds behind race leader Rebekah Keat.
Pete Jacobs and Patrick Vernay are running together in fifth and sixth places - they are now 9:50 behind race leader Luke Bell.
How much fun is this? Here are the splits for the first two women here through 10.6 km of the marathon - only 19 seconds separate Keat and Bevilaqua. 1 Rebekah KEAT 21 Pro Run 10.6k 00:45:51 00:00:00
2 Kate BEVILAQUA 23 Pro Run 10.6k 00:46:23 00:00:19
While the first two women are running away from the rest of the field, we're now likely to see a battle for third developing. Through 7 km Rhae Shaw was still in fourth, but she could have some company on the course soon! 1 Rebekah KEAT 21 Pro Run 7k 00:29:15 00:00:00
2 Kate BEVILAQUA 23 Pro Run 7k 00:30:20 00:00:52
3 Rhae SHAW 31 Pro Run 7k 00:35:15 00:10:56
4 Amelia PEARSON 22 Pro Run 7k 00:31:04 00:15:24
Through 24 km, Luke Bell's lead over Courtney Ogden is down to 1:41. We could be in for a footrace!
Here were the splits for the men at 21 km: 1 Luke BELL 7 Pro Run 21.2k 01:21:53 00:00:00
2 Courtney OGDEN 4 Pro Run 21.2k 01:21:28 00:02:02
3 Jonathan HOTCHKISS 36 Pro Run 21.2k 01:22:13 00:06:22
4 Matty WHITE 6 Pro Run 21.2k 01:22:00 00:07:38
5 Patrick VERNAY 1 Pro Run 21.2k 01:24:22 00:09:59
6 Pete JACOBS 3 Pro Run 21.2k 01:22:00 00:09:59
We have a new women's leader - Kate Bevilaqua has moved ahead of Rebekah Keat through 14 km - she's now 29 seconds ahead. In third we now have Amelia Pearson at 15 minutes down, with Rhae Shaw in fourth about 16 minutes behind.
The men through 24 km: Bell is leading, but Courtney Ogden is only 1:41 behind. In third we have Matty White, who is 7:10 back, with Jonathan Hotchkiss at 8:09. Running together, still, are Vernay and Jacobs - they're 10:35 down.
We have a new leader in the men's race - through 30 km Courtney Ogden has passed Luke Bell.
Ogden's lead is up to 2 minutes over Bell through 30 km of the run.
Matty White is running very well in third place overall right now - he's 5:30 behind race leader Courtney Ogden.
Through 20 km of the run, Kate Bevilaqua is leading Rebekah Keat by 1:10.
In fourth place through 30 km is Jonathan Hotchkiss, who is 9:20 behind. Then we have Vernay and Jacobs running together still - they're 10:12 behind.
Kate Bevilaqua has gone through the half-way point of the marathon in a time of 1:34.
With a half-marathon split of 1:36, Rebekah Keat remains in second place, 1:46 behind Bevilaqua.
Courtney Ogden ran the first 33 km of the marathon in 2:14:03 and continues to lead the way towards the finish line here in Busselton.
The men through 33 km: 1 Courtney OGDEN 4 Pro Run 33.3k 02:14:03 00:00:00
2 Matty WHITE 6 Pro Run 33.3k 02:13:44 00:04:44
3 Luke BELL 7 Pro Run 33.3k 02:22:14 00:05:43
You can check out the finish line video by clicking on the audio/ visual tab.
Through 34 km, Luke Bell has picked up his pace a bit, but remains 7:05 down on leader Courtney Ogden. In between the two is Matty White, who has gained 20 seconds on the lead in the last km.
Vernay and Jacobs continue to run in fourth and fifth through 34 km - they're now 9:45 down on Ogden. The two look very smooth.
Pete Jacobs has now started to pull away from Patrick Vernay and is starting to run really fast towards the line. I wonder if he's got third place in mind?
Kate Bevilaqua's lead is now up to 2:21 over Rebekah Keat.
Leading the age group race is Sam Hume. The 35-year-old is from Albert Park, Victoria. In second place in the age group race is Paul Dodd.
Courtney Ogden is on his way home! He's just running past the Goose Restaurant - he has less than 1 km to go!
The splits through 38 km: 1 Courtney OGDEN 4 Pro Run 38.2k 02:35:33 00:00:00
2 Matty WHITE 6 Pro Run 38.2k 02:34:07 00:03:37
3 Luke BELL 7 Pro Run 38.2k 02:45:20 00:07:20
4 Pete JACOBS 3 Pro Run 38.2k 02:36:32 00:08:24
5 Patrick VERNAY 1 Pro Run 38.2k 02:40:05 00:09:35
Matty White is now on his way in - he's about 3:30 behind Ogden.
Here comes our 2010 SunSmart Western Australia winner! Courtney Ogden just crossed the line for his first Ironman title.
Jacobs has run his way to third! He has a slim lead over Luke Bell with about 1 km to go. Both are working hard to get that third place spot.
Patrick Vernay is on his way to the line - he's in fifth place.
The splits for the women through 23 km show how much the race has become a two-woman battle: 1 Kate BEVILAQUA 23 Pro Run 23.2k 01:44:05 00:00:00
2 Rebekah KEAT 21 Pro Run 23.2k 01:46:02 00:02:09
3 Amelia PEARSON 22 Pro Run 23.2k 01:46:29 00:16:12
4 Kirsten MOLLOY 25 Pro Run 23.2k 01:42:33 00:26:28
5 Rhae SHAW 31 Pro Run 23.2k 02:05:34 00:26:37
Matty White has just walked into the media center - a happy second place finisher at SunSmart Ironman Western Australia.
Through 30 km of the run Kate Bevilaqua's lead over Rebekah Keat is up to 4 minutes.
The top five: Courtney Ogden, Matty White, Pete Jacobs, Luke Bell and Patrick Vernay.
Through 31 km, Kate Bevilaqua continues to control the race here in Busselton. Here are the splits for both her and Rebekah Keat: 1 Kate BEVILAQUA 23 Pro Run 31.3k 02:23:53 00:00:00
2 Rebekah KEAT 21 Pro Run 31.3k 02:28:12 00:04:31