Olympic 10km swimmer, Cassie Patten, will race Ironman 70.3 UK and Ironman Wales in 2013.

After a year’s retirement, Olympic 10km swimmer Cassie Patten, announced today that she will embark of one of her three lifetime goals of competing in an Ironman. Embracing the challenge wholeheartedly, Cassie has committed to Ironman 70.3 UK and Ironman Wales 2013, two of the toughest events in the Ironman calendar.

Having represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics in the 800m freestyle and 10km open water swimming, where she won a bronze medal, her open water swimming achievements will certainly put her in good stead for the 2.4 mile swim.

“It’s obviously the bike and the run that are the biggest challenge and I know absolutely nothing about either of them, so it’s going to be a very steep learning curve” Cassie commented,  “But my home town in Cornwall does at least have hills to prepare me for the course in Exmoor and Wales”

Forced to withdraw ahead of the 2012 Olympics due to a shoulder injury, Cassie is still set on challenging herself: “I’m so excited to take on this challenge. I’ve always had three boxes to tick in my life: an Olympic medal, swim the channel and complete and Ironman. I’ve ticked one box so two to go!”

Patten is the latest Olympian who has been drawn to Ironman racing. Double Olympic medallist Rebecca Romero (rowing and cycling) took the sport by storm this year, competing in Ironman UK for what was her first triathlon, finishing 6 overall and qualifying for the renowned Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 10 days time.

Entries are now open for all three UK Ironman races: Ironman 70.3 UK, Exmoor on Sunday 16 June (1.2m swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run), Ironman UK Sunday 4 August (2.4 mile lake swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile marathon) and Ironman Wales on Sunday 8 September (2.4 mile sea swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile marathon).

For further details and online entry please visit www.ironmanuk.com

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