The fourth annual Ironman UK took place this weekend in Bolton, in picture perfect race day conditions.
One of the 1286 age group competitors was double Olympic medallist Rebecca Romero MBE (pictured above), who was competing in her first Ironman competition. The thirty-two-year old achieved the fastest female bike split before completing her first ever marathon run to finish sixth overall with a time of 11:10:02.
Romero is only the second woman in history and the only British athlete ever to win medals in two different sports at the summer Games, after she competed in the rowing and the track cycling at Beijing in 2008.
She commented: “I’m so relieved to have finished. When I signed up to do this 7 months ago I just wanted to give a triathlon a go. I always want to do the best I possibly can and get the most out of myself. This has been a fantastic experience – the atmosphere and camaraderie out there was awesome.”
Also making her Ironman debut was Sportsister blogger Kim Ingleby. To find out how she got on in her training for the event, take a look at her blog, SWIM, BIKE, RUN – IRONMAN and keep an eye out for her latest entry about the race itself, coming very soon.
A full listing of the provisional results from both the men and women’s competitions can be found below.
|1st||Daniel Halksworth (GBR) 8:55:11||Eimear Mullan (IRL) 10:08:44|
|2nd||Fraser Cartmlee (GBR) 9:07:00||Amanda Stevens (USA) 10:16:57|
|3rd||Paul Hawkins (GBR) 9:10:50||Annett Kamenz (GER) 10:21:58|
|4th||Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 9:11:00||Kristin Baker (CAN) 10:48:39|
|5th||Sam Baxter (GBR) 9:11:10||Emma Cranfield (GBR) 10:52:13|
|6th||Dirk Wijnalda (NED) 9:15:51||Rebecca Romero (GBR) 11:10:02|
|7th||Martin Cain (GBR) 9:30:48||Marie Kirton (GBR) 11:19:04|
|8th||Ekaitz Arronategui (ESP) 9:35:47||Zoe Smith (GBR) 11:22:02|
|9th||Eneko Elosegui (ESP) 9:38:03||Corinne Clark (GBR) 11:24:15|
|10th||Anders Nyberg (DEN) 9:46:04||Gill Fullen (GBR) 11:29:41|
Sophia Smith, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine
Image credit: Ironman UK