Torrential rain and blustery winds couldn’t dampen the spirit of King’s Lynn Triathlon Club’s Jamie Sparrow last Sunday in Bolton when he tackled the sport’s most demanding event to become an Ironman.
Ironman UK is an incredible test of endurance and mental strength covering 140.6 miles, starting with a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike and finishing with a marathon (26.2miles).
Each competitor must finish the distances before set cut-off times and finish the whole event in under 17 hours.
The UK Ironman is held in Bolton and is considered to be one of the toughest in the suite of Ironman events, thanks to its hilly terrain. This year was made even more challenging with pouring rain for the swim and first half of the bike .
Sparrow exited the water after 1 hour and 11 minutes, completed the bike in 6hrs 8 mins before running a four hour marathon to finish in a very impressive 11hrs 30 minutes.
This placed him 35th in his age group of 40-44 and 176th overall – a top 10 per cent finish among more than 2,500 athletes which included professional elite triathletes.
Sparrow’s achievement marks the end of almost a year’s hard training but he said the day made it all worthwhile as people lined the streets to cheer on the athletes.
He said: “It was a great event. Despite the bad weather for the first few hours it was so well supported all the way round and it just kept me going.”
For more on KLTC see www.kingslynntriathlonclub.co.uk