Ironman UK - Bolton 2019

With a course change for the bike section which added a couple of thousand feet of climbing to the previous 6000 feet, this was going to be one very tough day at the office.

First time Ironman Jonathan Harker approached the race like a relaxed pro, taking lots of advice from his IMTC coach Chris Perry, he swam, cycled and ran his way to an amazing time of 14:49:51, much to the delight of his support crew family.

Even more amazing was the fact that Jonathan was one of few that actually ran the whole run course!

More to come from Jonathan me thinks.

One surprise on the start line this year was our very own Tony Byrne.

Tony sustained a severe injury to his shoulder at work and as a result couldn’t train for the 6 weeks up to race day. Game over you would think or so we both thought, but in typical Tony fashion he phoned me on Saturday, bike racking day, to let me know that he was doing the race!

I personally wouldn’t recommend this approach but as most of you will be aware Triathletes are very stubborn (and races are expensive) but full of painkillers and with lots of IMTC encouragement, Tony managed to complete the day in a time of 16:02:58. Satisfied with the fact that he was not a DNS or DNF.

Every credit Tony, you are one tough cookie. Have a rest and then back into training for you sir.

So that’s it for another year of Ironman UK, it was a tough day out for athletes and supporters alike but Bolton put on another great day. Well done to all the finishers, you all did amazing and you should be very proud of yourselves.

Now for the rest of the season, see you all out racing soon.

Ian MurphyComment