|Ironman 70.3 - Antwerp, 3 August 2008
Swim 1.9k, bike 90k, Run 21k.
On Sunday 3rd of August, 6 intrepid athletes from
Blackheath & Bromley Harriers competed in the Antwerp Ironman 70.3
Triathlon. They were, Pete Burford, Richard Hall, Kev May, Deniz Mehmed,
Jim Phelan and Kate Pratten.
Conditions on the day were not ideal, intermittent
heavy rain accompanied by strong winds combined with wet cobbles and
tram tracks, on the bike course, severely tested the competitors. The
1.2 mile swim course was arranged in a triangle and was a mass start and
with just over 1000 competitors all wanting the best line, a lively swim
Kev was the 1st, of the 6, out of the water
followed by Deniz, Jim, Richard, Kate then Pete. The 56 mile bike leg
then followed going through a tunnel under the river within the first
couple of miles with much whooping from the competitors as they went
through. The journey out of Antwerp took the competitors through the
industrial dock area which had many tram tracks crossing the bike
course. Although most of the tracks were covered with mats quite a large
number of competitors came to grief on the slippery surface. On
returning back into the city the competitors were directed for a short
distance off of the main road onto a cobbled parallel road which was
reminiscent of a section of the Paris-Roubaix bike race course!
Kev was, again, the 1st, of the 6, into transition
followed by Deniz, Jim, Richard, Pete then Kate. The 13.1 mile run leg
then followed taking the competitors on a 3 lap course along the river
and around the old centre of the city - more cobbles!. Kev was
still leading the way, finishing in a very impressive 4:32:22 total
time, followed by Deniz in 4:49:03, Richard in 5:18:36, Jim in 5:25:53,
Kate, just 23 seconds in front of Pete and setting the second fastest
run split in her age category, in 5:28:43 and Pete in 5:29:06.
NAME POSITION SWIM T1 BIKE T2 RUN
KEV MAY 118TH 29:51 2:49 2:24:09 1:40 1:33:51
DENIZ MEHMED 280TH 33:41 3:23 2:31:52 3:23 1:36:42
RICHARD HALL 569TH 36:30 3:31 2:52:13 3:49 1:42:31
JIM PHELAN 627TH 34:09 4:21 2:53:30 2:57 1:50:55
KATE PRATTEN 651ST 36:50 3:18 3:03:30 3:54 1:41:10
PETE BURFORD 652ND 43:24 4:39 2:49:55 2:23 1:49:43
Our six competitors, Richard, Kate, Deniz, Kevin, Jim (behind camera) &
Pete (gone walkabouts), did well...