CONSOLATION IN CRONULLA

By Josh Minogue

If you think any of the Nutri-Grain Ironwomen took a break after Lana Rogers won the overall Nutri-Grain Series title at Surfers Paradise, you’d be very, very wrong.

While Lana took a holiday in Fiji, the other 19 women were finding a way to close the gap between themselves and the Noosa product who had 3 straight wins and a second place to open her season and I’m sure will be looking to bookmark her Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series with a win in her old stomping ground of Cronulla.

“Survival” is the format for round 5.

20 women will toe the start line for a 12min test of skill, strength and endurance with only the top 14 qualifying for race two. The field will be whittled down until just 8 remain in the final race and the first to cross the line will be crowned round 5 champion.

To win survival, you have to be fit and fast; mentally tough and skillful when under stress as well as have the ability to find another gear when it really starts to hurt in race 3.

Lana Rogers has to be the red-hot favourite to take out the final round, but I think there is a couple of girls who will push her all the way.

*Georgia Miller – An obvious pick, the former Nutri-Grain Series champ and round 4 winner will be aiming to go back to back. Miller is the only woman to beat Rogers this season.

*Lizzie Welborn – Having the best season of her life and is desperate to add a second-round win to her resume. Incredibly she’s stood on the podium 9 times in her career but only once on the top step.

*Harriet Brown – A former Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series Champ who is tenth overall but will skyrocket up the point-score as she did not race the Coolangatta Gold. Could collect the maximum of 20 points in round 5.

The big question will be which of these girls can survive the early rounds with enough left in the tank for when it matters in race 3.

The fifth and final round of the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series will be run and won at North Cronulla Beach, Sydney, New South Wales on January 19th at 2pm AEDST and will be shown LIVE around Australia on Fox Sports and on the KAYO app.