Precision Hydration always prefer to look to the future rather than reminisce about what has gone before, but 2019 was such a good year for our athletes that we simply had to recap the campaign.
Now, we're never ones to blow our own trumpets (mainly because of the noise complaints from neighbouring offices) but here's a brief rundown of some epic results from athletes with PH in their bottles...
- 4 x IRONMAN wins
- 5 x IRONMAN podiums
- 8 x IM 70.3 wins
- 9 x IM 70.3 podiums
- 1 x Paratriathlon World Champion
- 10 x Kona Umeke Bowls
And here's how the year unfolded (click on a link to go to that quarter of the year)...
January - March 2019
Team PH started the year as they meant to go on - with some impressive results. Andy and JP got out of the office and braved the cold to race the Maverick event in the New Forest, with JP finishing first and Andy third…
It wasn’t just the lads’ results that PH were celebrating though as the start of a new year also heralded new beginnings, with IRONMAN star Sarah Crowley, ITU World Cup winner Emma Jeffcoat and the up-and-coming Sam Pictor all joining the PH Team.
Sarah made an immediate impression by winning the Hell Of The West Triathlon for the sixth time in her career in February and it would prove to be a perfect start to a wonderful year for the Australian.
Source: Nicole Neri - The Republic ©
Fellow Aussie, Emma, won Stage 1 of Super League Singapore before playing a central role in the Australian team that won the mixed-team relay at WTS Abu Dhabi in March.
With the mixed relay set to be added to the Olympic Games in 2020, it was a perfect platform for Emma to showcase her abilities in this format with Tokyo on the horizon…
Sarah went on to win IM 70.3 Taiwan in March as she continued to lay down markers for the year ahead, while Sarah’s fellow Aussie, the ultrarunner Lucy Bartholomew, was 2nd at Macpac Motatapu Off-Road Marathon.
And yet ANOTHER Australian, Dimity-Lee Duke finished 4th in Davao Philippines.
This is in danger of turning into an Australian love-in, so it’s worth pointing out that British mountain biker Bex Baraona took 3rd place in the opening round of the World Enduro Series.
April - June 2019
Emma Pallant began a year to remember by finishing 3rd at Challenge Salou before winning Challenge Gran Canaria just three weeks later!
Emma finished ahead of another PH athlete - Kat Rye, who was second and finished as the top Overall Amateur in a race that would mark her final appearance in age group company. Her move into the pro ranks would turn out be hugely impressive (more on that later…).
As the official hydration partner of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, we were delighted to see the club reach the FA Cup semi-finals and finish 7th in the Premier League table, thus ensuring they qualified for the Europa League and would be playing European football during the 2019/20 season for the first time since 1980.
David Ellis got his season going with a silver medal at the WTS Paratriathlon race in Milan and he was soon on top of the podium as he won the British Paratriathlon National Championships at the end of May, before following up four weeks later to win the Groupe Copley Paratriathlon Series in Montreal!
Emma Pallant was back on top of the podium AGAIN at the beginning of May, winning an Olympic distance race in Mallorca before winning the 70.3 Pays d’aix in France at the end of the month.
Emma then started June by finishing 2nd at 70.3 Staffordshire. Unreal efforts from Emma during a year that would see her win five different races over varying distances.
Emma wasn't the only one with PH in her bottles who would be on fire in 2019 as Carrie Lester warmed up for an epic year by winning the Gulf Coast 70.3 in May.
Carrie then signed off June by winning IM Nice in France, which also secured her a spot in the field for the IM World Championships in Kona!
Other PHabulous results:
JP won the middle-distance Maverick race and the Lymington 10k in just one weekend in May, before joining forces with Andy to finish 3rd at the OtillO Swimrun Scilly Isles. (A certain Jonny Tye finished 2nd in the men’s individual race!).
Kenny Rice finished 2nd at the South African Championships.
Source: Kenny Rice / Zsuzsanna Vekassy - canoephotography.com (©️)
Sarah Crowley 2nd at Asia Pacific Championships Vietnam 70.3.
Claire Cashmore 2nd at WTS Yokohama.
Lucy Bartholomew 2nd at UTA50 and won Truckee Trail Half Marathon.
Finn Arentz won his AG at IM Lanzarote.
Sean O'Mahony Provincial AG TT Champion.
Brett Halliwell top amateur at Challenge Championship Samorin.
Terry Brazier wins Bellator fight.
July - September 2019
Moving into the hotter, summer months when PH in the bottles was definitely needed, Carrie Lester was picking up gold again as she smashed the IM Mont-Tremblant course record with a superb time of 8:48:26.
Sarah Crowley warmed up for the IM World Championships by finishing 2nd at Challenge Roth in July and then won IM 70.3 Santa Cruz in September.
Emma Jeffcoat was in good form too as she played a starring role in the Australian mixed relay team that finished 3rd at WTS Hamburg, before she won the Tiszaujvaros (‘Tizzy’) World Cup (this theme of impressive Australian results keeps going!).
Dave Ellis was again on top of a podium as he won the Paratriathlon World Cup at the Tokyo Test Event for next year's Paralympic Games in Japan, a result which should stand him in good stead for Tokyo 2020.
Claire Cashmore took silver in Tokyo, although she’d have her hands on another gold medal soon enough…
Claire won the Paratriathlon World Championships at the beginning of September and would end the year as the reigning World & British champion! Dave took silver at the Worlds and things are looking very bright for the pair ahead of a hugely exciting 2020.
Meanwhile, Emma Pallant won IM 70.3 Vichy in August and it proved to be a handy springboard for her top-10 appearance at the 70.3 World Championships in Nice later that month.
PH are the official hydration partner of the UCI World Tour outfit, Team Sunweb, and their cyclist Nico Roche took the Red Jersey after stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana before a crash ultimately ruined what promised to be a great race for Nico, while Coryn Rivera finished 3rd at Ride London.
There were some awards dished out in the summer too as Lucy Bartholomew was named Runner’s World 2019 Most Inspiring Woman, David Higgins was inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, and Stuart Connor set a new British lamb shearing record.
Other PHabulous results:
There were some extreme triathlons going on around the world as Chris Hauth was 2nd at Alaskaman and Allan Hovda was runner-up at the Norseman.
Kenny Rice won the Gorge Championships and finished 2nd at the Push and Pull Paddle, before he took silver at the World Championships in September.
Dimity-Lee Duke won Penong’s 5150 Davao before finishing 2nd in the IM 70.3 Sebu Philippines.
Sean O’Mahony was crowned Age Group Canadian National & BC Provincial Standard Tri Champion.
Claire Hann picked up her first ever IM 70.3 pro win as she won IM 70.3 Jonkoping!
Brad Williams continued his return from injury with a top-10 at IM Lake Placid.
And Sam Pictor won the Castle Triathlon.
Claire Hann finished 2nd and Kat Rye was 3rd at IM 70.3 Weymouth.
Michelle Dillon retained her Age Group World Championships (45-49) title with victory in the sprint race in Lausanne.
Source: Michelle Dillon Instagram ©
October - December 2019
It was the big one in October as the IM World Championships in Hawaii took centre stage. It was a Kona to celebrate for Team PH as 10 (TEN!) athletes with PH in their bottles walked away from the Big Island with a Umeke Bowl - the carved wooden bowl awarded to athletes who finished in the top-five of their division.
Sarah Crowley was on the podium in Hawaii for the second time in her career as she enjoyed a ‘ding-dong’ battle with Lucy Charles on the run leg, before eventually having to settle for 3rd spot following an enthralling ladies’ race.
Sarah's time of 8:48:13 meant she was the fastest Australian in the history of IM Kona.
Carrie Lester finished in the top-10 as she also went sub-9 and took 8th spot. Ruth Purbrook performed superbly to take the top overall female age group spot in Kona.
The big results didn’t stop there either as Dimity-Lee Duke won 5150 Subic Bay, while Emma Pallant signed off her triathlon season with victory at Challenge Cape Town.
A couple of Kona athletes weren’t quite finished for the year as Sarah Crowley punched her ticket for a return to Hawaii by winning IM Arizona, while Carrie Lester signed off a sensational campaign with victory at IM Cozumel - that's three IRONMAN wins for the year and a guaranteed spot at Kona 2020 for Carrie!
And Manu Kung was an impressive 4th in the men’s pro field in Cozumel.
Kat Matthews (nee Rye) got married to Team FreeSpeed and fellow PH athlete, Mark Matthews, in November before marking her IM debut at IM Western Australia with a 4th place finish in the pro field - clocking the 25th-fastest IM time by a British lady EVER. Ruth Purbrook marked her first pro start with an 8th place finish. The future is looking very bright for these two in the pro ranks.
And finally, there was 'double delight' at the Cape Point Challenge - also known as the most gruelling one-day surf ski race of the year - as Chloe Bunnett and Kenny Rice won their races!
Well done to every single athlete with PH in their bottles this year - bring on 2020!
Did we miss anything? Apologies if we have and please do get in touch - Hello@PrecisionHydration.com - to let us know about your epic results, either past or future. We love hearing from you!