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Liz Blatchford is aiming to become an Ironman athlete and qualify for Kona in 2013.

Blatchford has always been a top performer  (Photo: | Delly Carr / ITU)

Liz Blatchford is one of the UK’s best-loved and most successful British triathletes. Throughout her career she has won several of the top-flight World Cup races, including Salford in 2005.

However, despite her successes on the ITU racing circuit Liz has just announced that she has decided to embark on a whole new triathlon challenge for 2013 (and beyond) and focus purely on competing in Ironman distance events. After making the switch in 2012 to racing 70.3s and enjoying a lot of success, she has stated ‘I always knew Ironman was in my future, it was just a matter of when’.

She has blogged on her decision:

I have watched Kona for years now and like many of you out there have felt incredibly inspired. Knowing I was getting closer to this path I decided to take the plunge and try to get there sooner rather than later. I will be aiming to qualify for Kona in 2013.

Blatchford has announced that her first Ironman distance race will be in Melbourne in March. She has set herself a difficult and ambitious task, having no qualifying points to date, whilst her main rivals all have taken big scores from Kona 2012. Nevertheless, she remains optimistic, motivated and very excited for what 2013 will hold for her.

You can read the full announcement at the Liz Blatchford blog here.