Cameron Brown produces a legendary performance to win Ironman Cairns

CAIRNS, Australia (June 8, 2014) – Turning 42 in two weeks, New Zealand’s Cameron Brown became the oldest man to win an IRONMAN event, at today’s Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns.

Brown, a winner of 11 IRONMAN races in a stellar career, was delighted.

Ironman legend Cameron Brown takes another amazing win - Photo Credit: Delly Carr / Ironman.com
Ironman legend Cameron Brown takes another amazing win – Photo Credit: Delly Carr / Ironman.com

“Becoming the oldest ever winner was motivation for me out there but I’m sure Craig Alexander or Chris McCormack will try and knock me off now. Forty is the new 30,” Brown said.

The men’s race came down to a test of age and wisdom over youth, with Brown using his experience in the trying wet conditions to outlast Australians Tim van Berkel and Peter Robertson.

“Tim is a great runner so I just had to keep pushing. The crowd support is always fantastic here, it’s what gets you to the finish line,” Brown said.

While Van Berkel was disappointed not to win, there was no shame in coming second to Brown.

“I really wanted to win, so I am disappointed, the bloody old bastard got me again,” Van Berkel said. “Second two years in a row here is tough, but all credit to Brownie, he has 11 years on me.”

The race began in the rain that didn’t let up all day. After negotiating tricky conditions in the swim it was three time ITU World Champion Robertson who exited the water with Casey Munro after the pair had built a lead of over two minutes.

The three leaders on to the run - Photo Credit: Delly Carr / Ironman.com
The three leaders on to the run – Photo Credit: Delly Carr / Ironman.com

The two Australians held their advantage on the bike until Munro suffered a puncture just before the 54 km mark. By that stage the fast moving Brown and young Australian Matt Burton had bridged up to van Berkel’s group, and were only 2:33 behind Robertson.

Robertson was joined at the 105 km mark by van Berkel, Brown, Courtney Ogden, Matt Burton and Finland’s Jarmo Hast.

Robertson, Brown and Van Berkel quickly opened up a gap on the run with Robertson dropping back after 12 km. By the halfway mark it was the more experienced Brown who started to pull away, going on to win in 8:20.15, just over three minutes clear of a gallant Van Berkel.

Robertson, who had drifted back to fourth, managed a final burst to edge out Burton for the final spot on the podium.

Brown’s last Ironman win was in New Zealand in 2011. “I had a shocking swim today but managed to bridge up to Tim and Peter and come in to T2 with them. They took off like it was a 10km run . It took me 7kms to reel them in”. Brown then ran shoulder to shoulder with Tim until the 21km mark when he managed to put a gap between himself and Tim. “A big thanks to Tim and Peter for pushing me to become the oldest winner of an Ironman”.

Full results click here

Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Cat Overall
BROWN, Cameron New Zealand 00:55:16 04:36:20 02:44:54 08:20:15 1 1
VAN BERKEL, Tim Australia 00:52:11 04:39:35 02:48:15 08:23:23 2 2
ROBERTSON, Peter Australia 00:50:34 04:41:13 02:58:08 08:33:26 3 3
BURTON, Matt Australia 00:55:18 04:36:13 02:59:41 08:35:19 4 4
HAST, Jarmo Finland 00:53:15 04:43:07 03:00:58 08:41:24 5 5
OGDEN, Courtney Australia 00:52:14 04:39:59 03:11:22 08:47:48 6 6
MARTIN, Luke Australia 00:55:23 04:50:32 03:01:18 08:50:58 7 7
MURPHY, Samuel Australia 00:56:42 04:55:34 03:01:06 08:56:43 1 8
READ, Carl New Zealand 00:55:20 04:58:39 02:59:18 08:57:29 8 9
GOLLACH, Amos Australia 00:59:14 04:55:45 03:02:30 09:02:47 2 10
WALTON, Paul Australia 00:55:41 04:54:50 03:08:43 09:05:24 1 11
LARCOMBE, Trent Australia 00:55:37 04:53:40 03:14:10 09:10:23 2 12
SHIELDS, Jason Australia 01:04:00 04:48:16 03:14:07 09:11:37 1 13
WASHBROOK, David Australia 00:55:50 04:55:33 03:15:49 09:12:18 1 14
STRATFORD, Luke Australia 01:02:46 04:49:08 03:17:14 09:13:13 2 15
ORMSBY, Robert Australia 01:03:32 04:52:16 03:14:33 09:14:40 3 16
OELOFSEN, Barry United Kingdom 00:57:56 05:01:29 03:10:36 09:15:17 4 17
SHEPHERD, Matt Australia 01:00:28 04:51:47 03:19:15 09:16:23 5 18
MUJCINOVIC, Emir Australia 01:01:18 04:55:22 03:13:06 09:16:48 2 19
SCHEMBRI, Michael Australia 01:03:34 04:51:12 03:16:43 09:17:39 6 21

 

 

Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Cat Overall
BLATCHFORD, Liz Australia 00:52:47 05:13:09 03:06:57 09:16:58 1 20
BURKE, Melanie New Zealand 01:06:23 05:00:37 03:12:00 09:22:53 2 28
LUNDSTRÖM, Åsa Sweden 01:04:41 05:08:06 03:09:03 09:25:56 3 33
SHARPLESS, Belinda Australia 01:05:30 05:45:14 02:45:13 09:48:08 1 82
MCALPINE, Wendy Australia 01:01:10 05:15:28 03:29:19 09:51:03 4 87
DUFFIELD, Katy Australia 01:01:14 05:25:13 03:22:21 09:52:47 5 93
SCHLIEBS, Julianne Australia 01:01:11 05:21:32 03:33:23 10:02:48 1 127
BISCAY, Hillary United States 00:56:40 05:19:17 03:42:36 10:03:25 6 129
MARSH, Larisa New Zealand 01:03:55 05:22:33 03:34:25 10:04:52 7 132
BOURCHIER, Kathleen Australia 01:01:18 05:33:13 03:28:31 10:09:12 2 142
CARMAN, Joanna Australia 01:04:09 05:33:30 03:31:47 10:13:53 1 156
WILLIAMS, Zoe Australia 01:04:45 05:27:26 03:38:34 10:18:17 1 168
HAZELDEN, Debi New Zealand 01:13:42 05:14:24 03:43:34 10:18:30 2 169
BARRETT, Steph Australia 01:01:15 05:28:27 03:47:27 10:24:35 2 185
DORNOM, Bernadette Australia 01:04:24 05:33:01 03:47:32 10:29:05 3 203
CHATTERTON, Catherine Australia 00:55:43 05:39:32 03:47:47 10:30:12 1 207
HELLBERG, Lee-Anne Australia 01:21:49 05:25:22 03:41:03 10:35:45 4 221
DODD, Vanessa Australia 01:15:27 05:27:47 03:49:36 10:39:04 2 235
ANDERSON, Rikki Australia 01:05:19 05:27:17 04:03:43 10:43:15 3 247
SOUTHGATE, Margo New Zealand 01:08:48 05:31:29 03:57:57 10:44:31 3 253

 

 

 

For event information visit www.ironmancairns.com

Photo credit – Delly Carr

Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

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.