Skipper had a good all round performance with a 0:53:11 swim, 4:25:10 bike section and 2:45:50 run, which saw him advance from 7th after the bike to take the 2nd place, ahead of the fading Millward who finished in 3rd with a time of 8:10:56.
Skipper finished 1:39 behind the winner Cameron Brown, who has now won the event 12 times and, at the age of 43, has extended his own world record as the oldest winner of any Ironman race.
“That was the toughest. And aside from that first win here, this would have to go down as the best,” says Brown. “I’m a couple of months shy of my 44th birthday so to win this for a 12 time, and set a new course record is incredibly special. The conditions were perfect. I had my best swim and my best bike times ever. I was pushed so hard by Callum (Millward) and I am really suffering but this means so much to me.”