Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series
The Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series is a professional iron man and iron women racing series, born out of surf live saving.
The series has over the years taken place over various locations, including:
- Smiths Beach in the Margaret River region of South West Western Australia;
- Newcastle Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales;
- North Cronulla Beach in Cronulla, New South Wales;
- Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland; and
- Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast of Queensland.
The current series champions from the 2020/21 season are Alistair (Ali) Day of Surfers Paradise and Lana Rogers of Alexandra Headland, Queensland.
Professional ironman racing was born out of the movie The Coolangatta Gold which featured multiple Australian Ironman champion Grant Kenny and was won by Guy Leech. With significant media attention beginning to grow, Surf Life Saving Australia established the ‘Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Grand Prix’ in 1986. The aim of the series was to generate a high public profile and showcase for the sport, the athletes and the surf life saving movement.
Over the years the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series has evolved, testing and challenging athletes through different formats and styles of racing. While the Series has continued to evolve with varying formats, competitors and venues, one key element of Ironman and Ironwoman racing has remained – the surf. The Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series puts Australia's top multi-discipline athletes through their paces, forcing them to take on the best and worst mother nature has to throw at them.
For almost 30 years, Kellogg's have partnered with Surf Life Saving Australia to deliver this sporting event that has not only produced some of Australia's finest and fittest athletes, but has also helped drive membership for Surf Life Saving. The Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series and Ironwoman Series has grown to become the world's elite surf sports competition and one of summer's most iconic events – where only the best of the best have their chance to claim the prize pool, the glory and the prestige of being the crowned the Series Champion. It is survival of the fittest.
The Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series is contested over a various race formats which help to create an even playing field for the competitors.
Description: A continuous race over a conventional Ironman course, swim, board, ski and run. Each 'Loop' consists of one lap of each discipline. A race may consist of three Loops for men and two loops for women, depending on conditions and the course. The order of the disciplines in the race will vary depending on the event.
Description: A continuous race over a modified course, where the competitors round 3 markers, two beyond the swell, and one on the beach. A race may consist of three loops for men and two for women, depending on conditions and the course.
Triple Sprint Pursuit
Description: Two conventional Ironman races with the combined points totals to determine handicap starting positions in a third race. The result of the third race determines the round placings. Introduced in Round 1 of the 2015/16 series at Coolum Beach.
Description: A 40-minute Iron race over an M-Shaped or traditional course. Each of the disciplines of swim, board, ski will be completed two or three times, with competitors taking on the surf break again and again.
Description: Three separate, 10-minute races with 5-minutes rest between each race. Equal points are allocated for races 1 and 2 with double points being awarded for the final race.
Description: Four separate races, one for each discipline of swim, board, ski and run. There will be a 5-minute countdown between each race. At the conclusion of the four separate races, the final race will be conducted with a staggered start commencing from the finish arch. The athlete ranked 1st after the four Specialist races will start on ‘GO,’ with the remaining athletes then starting 2-seconds apart in sequential order in accordance to their ranking.
Description Three separate, 10-12 minute long Iron races where the last five to six finishers of each race are eliminated, leaving six to eight competitors to start the final race.
Since the 2011/12 series, the following points awarded for each competitor per round were as follows:
|2011/12||2012/13||2013/14||2014/15||2015/16||2017||2017/18||2018/19||2019/20 to 2020/21|
Women's series results (top five)
|1999/00||Denby Stokes/Kristy Munroe|
|2002/03||Karla Gilbert||Penny Turner||Kristyl Smith|
|2003/04||Kristy Cameron||Kristyl Smith|
|2004/05||Kristy Cameron||Kristyl Smith||Chelsea Mackenzie|
|2005/06||Kristy Cameron||Kristy Munroe||Emma Wynne|
|2006/07||Kristy Harris (née Cameron)||Liz Pluimers||Kristyl Smith|
|2008/09||Naomi Flood||Kristyl Smith||Liz Pluimers|
|2009/10 ||23||Alicia Marriott||Liz Pluimers||Naomi Flood||Kristyl Smith, Hayley Bateup (tied)|
|2010/11 ||21||Courtney Hancock||Liz Pluimers||Alicia Marriot||Kristyl Smith||Gemma Newbiggin|
|2011/12 ||21||Liz Pluimers||Kristyl Smith||Courtney Hancock||Jordan Mercer||Brodie Moir|
|2012/13 ||17||Courtney Hancock||Naomi Flood||Brodie Moir||Jordan Mercer||Rebecca Creedy|
|2013/14||16||Courtney Hancock||Liz Pluimers||Kristyl Smith||Maddy Dunn||Rebecca Creedy|
|2014/15||15||Liz Pluimers||Rebecca Creedy||Harriett Brown||Courtney Hancock||Jordan Mercer|
|2015/16||18||Jordan Mercer||Kirsty Higgison||Brodie Moir||Georgia Miller||Maddy Dunn|
|2017||20||Harriet Brown||Courtney Hancock||Karlee Nurthen||Maddy Dunn||Georgia Miller|
|2017/18||20||Brielle Cooper||Harriet Brown||Georgia Miller||Lana Rogers||Courtney Hancock|
|2018/19||20||Georgia Miller||Maddy Dunn||Lana Rogers||Kirsty Higgison||Brielle Cooper|
|2019/20||20||Lana Rogers||Georgia Miller||Lizzie Welborn||Harriet Brown||Danielle McKenzie|
|2020/21||20||Lana Rogers||Georgia Miller||Lizzie Welborn||Danielle McKenzie||Tiarnee Massie|
In the 2010/11 series, Pluimers won four of the five rounds, but her 17th-place finish in the fourth round meant she finished second in the series, six points behind series winner Courtney Hancock.
Men's series results (top five)
|2002/03||Shannon Eckstein||Dean Mercer||Steve Meredith|
|2004/05||Zane Holmes||Shannon Eckstein|
|2005/06||Shannon Eckstein||Pierce Leonard||Zane Holmes|
|2006/07||Shannon Eckstein||Zane Holmes||Wes Berg|
|2008/09||Shannon Eckstein||Zane Holmes||Matt Poole|
|2009/10||25||Shannon Eckstein||Hugh Dougherty||Ky Hurst||Rhys Drury||Corey Jones|
|2010/11||21||Shannon Eckstein||Matt Poole||Zane Holmes||Caine Eckstein||Hugh Dougherty, Wes Berg (tied)|
|2011/12||21||Caine Eckstein||Alastair (Ali) Day||Shannon Eckstein||Ky Hurst||Zane Holmes|
|2012/13||17||Shannon Eckstein||Kendrick Louis||Alastair (Ali) Day||Matt Poole||Ky Hurst|
|2013/14||16||Shannon Eckstein||Ky Hurst||Kendrick Louis||Matt Poole||Caine Eckstein|
|2014/15||15||Alastair (Ali) Day||Shannon Eckstein||Matt Poole||Ky Hurst||Kendrick Louis|
|2015/16||18||Shannon Eckstein||Alastair (Ali) Day||Matt Bevilacqua||Matt Poole||Luke Cuff|
|2017||20||Matt Poole||Shannon Eckstein||Kendrick Louis||Alastair (Ali) Day||Luke Cuff|
|2017/18||20||Matt Bevilacqua||Alastair (Ali) Day||James Lacy||Max Brooks||Shannon Eckstein|
|2018/19||20||Alastair (Ali) Day||Kendrick Louis||Matt Poole||Ben Carberry||Cory Taylor|
|2019/20||20||Kendrick Louis||Matt Bevilacqua||Matt Poole||Tanyn Lyndon||TJ Hendy|
|2020/21||20||Alastair (Ali) Day||Jy Timperley||Joe Collins||Matt Bevilacqua||Cory Taylor|
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- The Coolangatta Gold
- Uncle Toby's Super Series
- "Gold Coast Bulletin".
- "News | Previous Winners". www.nutrigrainironman.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
- 2010 series results.
- 2010/2011 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series Women's Results.
- 2011/2012 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series Women's Results.
- 2012/2013 Women's Results.
- "News | Previous Winners". www.nutrigrainironman.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
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