We’re getting ever closer to the biggest race in the triathlon calendar, which began in 1978 with 15 hardy souls and now attracts the pinnacle of long-distance athletes from all over the world.


From ITU and Olympic champions to previous Ironman World Championship winners, there are a host of contenders  to take the title in 2015, including Brits Tim Don and Joe Skipper, with the potential there for a fiercely-fought battle akin to Scott and Allen in 1989 and McCormack and Raelert in 2010.

Here 220 columnist Tim Heming counts down his predicted top 10 finishers…

10. Matt Hanson

Past results: ninth in Age-Group 2013; IM Texas winner 2015, IM Chattanooga winner 2014