Thornbury RC’s Rob Hopkins was back in the Lake District only 4 weeks after completing a 190-mile coast to coast ultra-marathon. He would have been forgiven for a gentle reintroduction, but true to form chose to compete in a triathlon voted the world’s toughest Ironman.
The Triathlon X has almost 17,000 ft of ascent over the 140 miles of punishing Lake District terrain. The 2.4 mile swim in Lake Windemere was the calm before the storm; a wet and windy 112 mile bike ride over some of the highest peaks in England. After drying himself down, Rob had the small matter of a marathon to complete which featured a run to the top of Scafell Pike and back. Rob added another impressive feat of endurance to his growing list, finishing in 17 hours 39:18 mins in 62nd place.
Nick Williams was almost a minute ahead of the 2nd finisher at Thornbury Parkrun in a new personal best time of 18:28 mins, also the fastest time by a Thornbury runner on the home course. Paul Harrod was next in 20:13 mins. Laura Orna set a new personal best time of 22:50 mins, which is also the fastest time on this course by a TRC woman. She was followed by Lizzie Williams 23:24 mins, Peter Blenkiron new PB 26:41 mins, Chris Lee 28:24 mins, Clare Evans new PB 30:06 mins, Nigel Hale new PB 30:07 mins, Richard Illingworth 31:47 mins and Terry Robinson 47:12 mins.
At Chipping Sodbury parkrun Kevin Wood set a new personal best of 22:03 mins, followed by Jay Bartley 24:50 mins, David Palmer 25:57 mins, Christopher Pritchard 28:10 mins and Anne Palmer in 32:10 mins. Kevin Arnold ran 23:02 mins at Exeter Riverside parkrun.