Ironman 70.3 UK takes place this Sunday.
A sell out 1700 athletes will descend on Wimbleball Lake this weekend for the 8th annual IRONMAN 70.3 UK. The venue may play host to one of the most stunning on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit, but with beauty comes the beast, and this course is certainly one of the toughest in the series too.
This iconic triathlon starts with a 1.2 mile swim in Wimbleball Lake, before the athletes embark on a two lap 56 mile bike course – which entails 52 hills and 1190m of climbing – and then culminates with a 13.1 mile, 3 lap mixed terrain run course, each with its very own grueling hill climb.
Amongst the Pro athletes, the men’s field promises some exciting racing between former Olympic triathletes Tim Don and Will Clarke, who are successfully turning their focus to long distance racing this year, having both already secured podium positions to date; Don came 3rd at IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa, whilst Clarke took 2nd place at IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix. Following late withdrawals from Tom Lowe and former Xterra World Champion Ruben Ruzafa, they will be a force to be reckoned with for 3 time former 70.3 UK Champion Fraser Cartmel and 2011 Champion Mikel Elgezabal.
A tightly contested race is also anticipated amongst the Women’s Pro field between reigning Champion Eimear Mullan and Scotland’s Cat Morrison, whose successful return from injury this year has already seen her being crowned Champion at IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix. Putting the UK based athletes to the test will be Germany’s Kristin Moeller who won IRONMAN Lanzarote along with previous 70.3 UK podium placed Simone Braendli from Switzerland.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of IRONMAN UK said, “This year sees a really strong Pro field together with over 50% first timers to the race. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the British leading triathletes in action, all of whom thrive on spectator support and would love to see as many people as possible cheering them on in what we hope will be a great race to start the sold-out IRONMAN UK season.”
For further information on IRONMAN 70.3 UK please visit www.ironmanuk.com
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