Ironman Wales 2018 – The day I faced the Dragon

I had originally planned to take on my first full IM in 2016, but a knee injury in April put an early end to that ambition. Fast forward to September 2017 and a very wet weekend in Brecon where I had an awakening to once again think Ironman, but more specifically IM Wales. As a member of the OS Explorer team taking on the Dell Corporate Challenge we were lucky enough to meet IM legend Chrissie Wellington, and her insight into what drove her to win three IM world championships struck a chord. That weekend we took on all that the Welsh weather could throw at us, and although it took a team from the British Army to push us into second, I came away believing that Wales could be tamed, or so I thought…. Continue reading

September Handicap 2018

With the third time running the new handicap route, we are well into a new season. More runners are trying the new route, more PBs are being set as well as more course records. Weather, whilst absolutely freezing first thing in the morning, is a perfectly comfortable 15 degrees around lunch time.

This month we had 20 participants and the average time was a commendable 23:41. 8 personal bests were set, and a new course records was set for the girls, again by Karen Connell with an incredible 21:16!! Paul Ashley also set out to beat Jon Sharkey’s course record of 16:55, but unfortunately missed out by 24 seconds. Nonetheless, it was a personal best for him as well! Who is going to try and smash it next month?

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