Mark Edmonds returned to the Autrian Ironman triathlon hoping to better that last year's event. He writes:-
"I was hoping for best case scenario of sub 9.30 and I did 9.32.41 to come 79th overall out of 2000 including the pros.
Swam 54.36 for the 2.4mls to come in 60th position (to schedule) and biked 5.07 for the 112miles (equivalent to a 100ml in about 4.35) and that was 3 mins ahead of planned schedule... although I dropped outside the top 100 after the ride.
Ran 3.22 for my marathon to pull back through the field again. Was hoping to run 3.10-3.15 and at halfway I was 1.35 so on schedule for that. I died badly 24-35kms but pulled it back in the last 7km to come home in 9.32!
Have sore knees (achy) and an inflamed right achilles tendon today and aside from that I picked up 2 blisters and lost my heart rate monitor on transition 2!
Next stop for me is Florida ironman in November so may be able to get my running back 100% by then?"
Paul Martin, Ian Morgan, Andy Ballentyne and Russell Dore rode the Southend Wheelers Charity ride, opting for the 120km version (75m) from East Hanningfield. The route takes you out through South Woodham Ferrers, Althorne, Burnham, Bradwell, Latchingdon, repeating the loop back to Latchingdon, and then to Maldon, Hatfield Peverell, Little Baddow to finish in East Hanningfield.
Russell started in the first group with the Glendene and went round in under 4 hours. Paul, Ian and Andy were in the second group that had to look after some less experienced friends of Paul's and finished with a time of 4 hours 10 mins.