Ironman Seville shows nerves of steel
Yesterday, in Austria, Strider Richard Seville became an Ironman. In order to complete this gruelling race he needed to complete a 2.4 mile swim in open water, cycle 112 miles then to finish, run a marathon and all in under 17 hours. Seville showed his class as an athlete by finishing in an impressive 10 hours 40 minutes. Achievements such as these take a great deal of dedication and Seville certainly put the effort in with his rigorous training plan. He described the final stage, the marathon, as being particularly tough as temperatures were so high.
High temperatures were also a feature in all of this weekend’s UK races. Peter Teeling described conditions as ‘horrendous’ in the Southport half-marathon on Sunday which was completed by 15 Striders. Scott Robertson was first Strider to finish in an impressive 1:28:38. He was followed by Martin Ballard at 1:37:17 and Anthony Ellis smashing a personal best time of 1:38:26. First female Strider speeding past the line was Hannah Whittaker in 1:40:20 with Wendy Davies following her in 1:47:59. Shelley Hughes was delighted to complete her very first half-marathon with an excellent time of 2:12:49.
Another popular race this weekend was the Alderley Edge 10k. The ever speedy Jon-Jo Doherty finished in 11th place in a time of 35:39 followed by Ian Wright in 43:47. Ann Johnson was the first Strider lady to finish in 49:53. Kevin Brennan and Sian Maguire were out in the fields competing in the Warrington Running Club Summer 5 Mile Trail. Brennan finished in 35:03 with Maguire following at 45:54.
Main photo – Striders at the very sunny Southport half-marathon