Wight Tri Chairman Nick Kenney started the Wales Ironman Triathlon for the second time with the sole intention of completing this event. Unfortunately last year, he crashed out on the bike, crossing a cattle grid and breaking his collar bone. However, with his injury fixed, he was ready to conquer one of the toughest ever Ironman races.
Nick completed the Ironman in 12:55:19 and 89th from 280 in the 45-49 category with solid splits of 1:14:12; 7:12:25 and 4:11:05.
A very happy Nick said:
“ There are Ironman races and then there is Ironman Wales. There is no comparison. Took me 2 years to get my hands on this medal. Very emotional crossing the line. Ridiculously tough bike course, 17% climbs and technical dangerous descents was physically and mentally draining and the hills continued into the run.
Stuck to my race plan and no serious incidents to report although saw a few others crashing out. Cattle grid phobia remains. Took no chances and walked around them this year
Massive thanks to my driver, coach and support crew Kevin Winchcombe. Couldn’t have done it without you mate”
Vitruvian Middle Distance Triathlon
Matthew Parr-Burnam of Wight Tri took part in his first ever Middle Distance Triathlon, when he completed the Vitruvian Middle Distance Triathlon, taking place at Rutland Water, East Midlands. Again, the sun shone for Matthew, who had a super race, posting fast split times of 36:01 for the swim, followed by 2:46:39 and 1:43:00 for the bike and run. Mathew finished a very creditable 16th from 41 position in the 50-54 age group.