Norfolk star Morrison takes fourth spot in Ironman 70.3 Texas
North Norfolk triathlete Kimberley Morrison came fourth in the Ironman 70.3 Texas.
Morrison won the title last year, but while she missed out on a podium place in Galveston this time, she finished exactly four minutes faster in four hours, 11 minutes and 40 seconds.
Morrison, from Bale, near Fakenham, was 3:15 back in fifth after the water, but made up ground on the bike. By the midpoint she was clear at the front, leading by almost two and a half minutes – a lead she would extend to 3:47.
Morrison’s running has been a work-in-progress for several seasons now, but she was chased down by a trio of talented rivals. Two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Melissa Hauschildt was the quickest of her chasers, but Morrison held off the pass until around the mid-point of the half marathon. Shortly after, Heather Wurtele passed the Brit too and at the 10-mile mark, Mirinda Carfrae moved into third. Hauschildt took the win while Carfrae passed Wurtele for second.