Sunday 15th saw many of us glued to our phones, tablets or computers to get updates on 3 club members progress at Ironman UK, Bolton.
Of the three only Andy Petford had completed an Ironman previously, for Richie Andrew and Ross Smith this was a journey of charity fundraising for causes close to them. Links to their fundraising pages are at the bottom of this article.
All three athletes put on their brand new Redcar Tri Club Tri suits and started the 2.4 Mile Swim shortly after 6am which consisted of two laps of Pennington Flash lake.
After T1 they took to the bikes and whilst being cheered on by their families and loved ones on the course they completed a slightly shortened bike route of 95 miles. Also on course was fellow club member Andrew Higginson who started a flurry of social media activity after capturing and posting pictures of the three climbing Moor Road Climb.
After two loops in the English countryside the bike course headed into Bolton where T2 was located and a small restbite for the athletes before starting the 26.2 Mile Marathon Run consisting of 4 laps.
The 3 ran the hilly course in very hot weather again being cheered on by family and loved ones before finally after a mammoth effort by each of them, on the last lap turning onto the red carpet aiming for the finish arch to here their name being called and to take on the title for evermore of “Ironman”.
Richie Andrew - 12:09:21
Andy Petford - 12:41:01
Ross Smith - 12:51:50
Ross Smith - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/r-smith18
Richie Andrew - https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/Richie-Ironman2018
At the pre-race briefing on Friday night the guest speaker was Pro-Female (and eventual race winner) Lucy Gossage who is a Ironman idol of Andy’s. At the briefing he said to Richie and Ross how he would like to get his photo taken with her but after the speeches before Andy could find Lucy I get a photo with her, she had left.
It’s funny how sometimes these things turn out as during the race it just a happened that Lucy was live on the race video feed jus as she happened to be running with Andy.