Shepparton Iroonman 70.3 Triathlon Preview

Matty White, Tim Berkel, Leon Griffin, Paul Ambrose, Madeleine Oldfield and Lisa Marangon are the favourites going in to this weekend’s Shepparton 70.3. Without being aware of any non starters or late entries the bib list is what we have to go on. That is not to take anything away from Josh Rix, Nicole Ward, Mitch Anderson, Luke Whitmore, Jason Shortis, Adam Holborow, Luke Gilmer and co.

On paper Paul Ambrose can win. Last week at Port he pulled out after feeling crook the day before the race but still going ahead. The only unkown will be whether Ambrose is tired after a big season of racing in the US.

Berkel will be like a coiled spring after not racing Port last weekend when struck down at the last minute by a virus. Like wise Lisa Marangon will go in to this race with the benefit of not havinng completed the run last weekend at Port. Oldfield can run and Marangon will need to make sure she doesn’t leave everything out on the bike course. She will put some time in to Madeleine in the swim and should put a bit more in to her on the bike.

Matty White’s calf could be the only hurdle he has to get over this weekend. He is as fit and fast as he ever is and has the speed to win. After tearing his calf last week in the lead up to Port, White, like Berkel, will be busting to get out and race for the win.

Leon Griffin is in good form ‘for an office worker’ and will be quietly confident about his prospects. Now that Leon is working full time he is having to juggle professional training with having to turn up in an office each day. Griffin, recently married, has put off his honeymoon so he can get Shepp and IM WA out of the way. After winning the Carins Half in June Griffin knows what it feels like to win this year and will be busting to get it to happen this weekend.

Adam Holborow had a solid race last weekend at Port and has decided to miss Shepparton to focus on training. Mitch Anderson will be dominant on the bike and will no doubt use that to try to get some breathing space on the run. In July Jason Shortis was third at Ironman Lake Placid, finished a strong 3rd at Ironman Australia in May and raced the New York City 5150 in August for a very solid 15th amongst other results. He will be racing strongly as well and will be racing for a podium.

Josh Rix found his run speed again this year over in the US andis looking at being up towards the front.

It is a top men’s field and should see a large group of guys pushing for podium finishes.

Nicole Ward will be fresh this weekend after backinng off slightly in the run at Port last week. She didn’t feel right on the bike and was lacking energy. Ward has had the week off work and has been focusing on recovery and prep. Look to see a much improved performance this weekend.

Elly Franks won the open category at Noosa two weeks ago. Franks showed that she has some good speed and it will be interesting to see how she goes this weekend over the longer distance. Rachael Paxton was down to race but won’t be taking the start line.


Bib Athlete City/Town State
1 Matty White Magill SA
2 Josh Rix Glen Iris VIC
3 Monty Frankish Melbourne VIC
4 Luke Whitmore Montmorency VIC
5 Mitchell Anderson West Melbourne VIC
6 Paul Ambrose Sydney NSW
7 Matt Bailey Melbourne VIC
8 Tim Berkel Port Macqaurie NSW
9 Luke Gillmer Northmead NSW
10 Leon Griffin Kangaroo Flat VIC
11 Adam Holborow Port Macquarie NSW
12 Jarrod Owen Townsville QLD
13 Jason Shortis South Melbourne VIC
14 Shanon Stallard New Plymouth NZ
15 Lindsey Wall Berridale NSW
16 Matt King Invercargill NZ
31 Nicole Ward Freshwater NSW
32 Elly Franks South Yarra VIC
33 Madeleine Oldfield Trevallyn TAS
34 Renee Lane Wandana Heights VIC
35 Suzanne Blackborrow Belmont VIC
36 Lisa Marangon Vaucluse NSW
37 Kirsten Molloy Valentine NSW
38 Rachael Paxton Cotton Tree QLD


Karl Hayes

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.