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Triathletes compete in Ironman test
10:54am Friday 30th August 2013 in Headlines
FOUR members of Salisbury Triathlon Club went to Wimbleball in Exmoor for the UK leg of Ironman 70.3.
The 1,900m swim, 56 mile ride and 13.1 mile run are widely accepted as one of the toughest middle distance courses in the world, with a number of punishing climbs.
The race requires many months of training, hardship and sacrifice and is not for the faint hearted. With fierce cut-off times the course proved too difficult for three of the Salisbury members.
Ruth Thom had the ability to rise to the challenge, starting with a swim of 41.32, then powering around the hills on Exmoor in 3.33.00 and running an impressive 1.53.00 hard, off-road, half-marathon in a total time of 6.19.07, placing her seventh in category and narrowly missing out on the Ironman 70.3 world championship time.
Sue Clements posted a 39.45 swim, 3.41.41 bike and a 2.24.10 run ranking 13th in category – a great result after last year’s dissapointing injury withdrawl.
Meanwhile, 17 other members opted to stay closer to home and race the Durrington No Limits Fitness sprint triathlon.
The event was won by Salisbury’s Craig Gardiner (TriUK) with a time of 56.13, nearly two minutes ahead of the rest of the field as he gained his first sprint distance win.
Sarah Kemp was the fastest female in a time of 1.05.28 leading to a clean sweep in the medals.
Other members included Dave West 1.03.49, Darren Smith 1.04.53, Katie West 1.06.46, Michael Boardman 1.07.30, Katie Clements 1.12.39, Les Campbell 1.13.14, Steven Smith 1.13.26, Josephine Child STC debut 1.13.33, Mark Ingle 1.16.02, Deb Atkinson 1.22.47, Dudley Kent 1.30.59, Jen Witt STC debut 1.32.56, and Duncan Edwards 1.39.45.