Ironman Zurich is no match for Hogweed Trotter runners from Yate
5:00pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
TWO runners from Yate have completed one of the world’s toughest races.
Friends Rob Ford and Dawn Riden crossed the finishing line of the Ironman Zurich competition despite a 15 per cent did not finish rate and professional athletes calling it one of the hardest races they have ever done.
Rob and Dawn, both members of the Hogweed Trotters running club in Chipping Sodbury, had to complete a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a marathon in scorching temperatures of up to 38 degrees.
Rob took 13 hours and 12 minutes to complete the race while Dawn finished in 14 hours and 36 minutes. Rob, 42, who works for Airbus, set his sights on entering an Ironman competition after first taking part in a sprint triathlon two years ago.
He said: “It was incredibly tough conditions with a non-wetsuit swim for the first time in the 17 years that the event has been held in Zurich with temperatures reaching 38 degrees.
“The professional athletes that took part said it was a tougher race than the Ironman Kona World Championships in Hawaii.
“Two thousand four hundred competitors registered for the event which had a 15 per cent did not finish rate, the highest ever for any Ironman event which averages a 5 per cent did not finish rate.”
Dawn, 33, wanted to complete the gruelling race as a personal challenge and Rob, who lost over four stone in weight whilst training for the challenge, is raising money for The Alzheimer's Society, Airbus’ chosen charity for 2013.
To sponsor him go to www.justgiving.com/RobFordIronman
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