Ironman tests endurance

PUBLISHED: 10:58 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:28 06 May 2010

Eight members of the Hitchin based triathlon club FVS TRI competed in the ultimate triathlon challenge of Ironman Austria. The 2.4 mile lake swim and 112 mile bike was then followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon. Veteran Ironman and Hawaii qualifier Gavin

Eight members of the Hitchin based triathlon club FVS TRI competed in the ultimate triathlon challenge of Ironman Austria.

The 2.4 mile lake swim and 112 mile bike was then followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon.

Veteran Ironman and Hawaii qualifier Gavin May led the team home in 155th overall with an impressive 9-52:11, his second time under the prestigious 10-hour barrier.

Experienced Ironman competitor Kevin Smart also had a superb race to finish under 11 hours with 10-57:23.

Mike Utton was the fastest of the six others all making their debut at the ultimate distance with a superb 11-03:09.

Times: Gavin May 9-52:11, Kevin Smart 10-57:23, Mike Utton 11-03:09, Rob Wilson 11-23:05, Darren Woodhall 11-49:33, Graham Markham 11-59:45, Tim Somers 15-26:42, Mandy Simpson 16-24:00.

The children of several FVS TRI members competed in the annual Kings Langley children's triathlon near Hemel Hempstead.

It was a 40m swim, 750m bike and finally a 400m run for the eight-year-olds. Times: Bethany Hobbs 8:31, Emily Eames 10:02.

For nine to 10-year-olds, it was increased to 80m swim, 1500m bike and 800m run. Times: Oliver Dutton 13:14, Annabelle Shortland 15:48.

For 11 to 12-year-olds, it became a 120m swim, 3000m bike and 1200m run. Times: Sarah Eames 24:51, Samuel Hobbs 33:24. And for 12 to 13-year-olds, it was a 180m swim, 4500m swim and 1600m run. Time: Hannah Lintott 32:50.

In cycling, Jim Rees rode the National 100 mile TT Championships and finished in a superb 4-32:30 - an ideal warm-up for Ironman Germany in Frankfurt.

Jon Gillham and James Brooks competed in the Verulam 25 Mile TT based on the A10. Jon was first home for the club in 1-03:18 with James finishing in 1-07:01.

Two members of FVS TRI tackled the E'Tape which is a cycle event based on a stage of the Tour de France completed before the tour hits town.

This year the stage was based around the infamous Alpe D'Huez climb and in temperatures touching 40 degrees, this accounted for the 5,477 finishers from 7,548 starters!

Although not cycling together, Pete Timmins and Colin Cumberland finished remarkably close in times of 10-18:54 and 10-21:36 (4,841st and 4,916th) respectively.

The weather was not quite so favourable on the Faroe Islands as Dave Farthing completed the Torshavn marathon in 3-51.55 in cold and driving rain.


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