Two Harriers travelled to Lanzarote to the tackle the Ironman triathlon. Billed as the hardest Ironman in the world, this event consists of a 2.4 mile sea swim followed by 112 miles in the bike, finishing with a full marathon. The windy conditions on the island make the cycle especially tough.
Neil Eddy put in an excellent performance finishing in 9.34.44 giving him 24th place overall.
Completing his first Ironman was Mark Thomas who only learnt to swim recently. He finished in 14.00.08. Mark said that the cycle was the hardest one he had ever done given the heat, hills and wind but that he is now an Ironman!
Saturday 26th May saw 4 Harriers off to Charlestown to take part in the Mad Hatters event the Hokey Cokey. This involves running and swimming, with two distances to choose from, either 10.3k or 20k.
The 10.3 distance started at Charlestown, run down to the Harbour, swim round Harbour, run around Charlestown, swim to Porthpean, Run to Trenarren and back to Porthpean, then swim back to Charlestown with a short run to the finish line.
The 20k route is the same but with a swim to Carlylon Bay Run to spit beach, swim to Polgaver beach then run back to Charlestown.
Dee McLean and Ruth Glover took part in the 10.3 distance, this was the first time they had taken part in this event.
It was a warm morning and Dee and Ruth realised that wearing long sleeved wetsuits was not a good idea when running, whilst everyone else around them was wearing short sleeved wetsuits which were specially designed for this sort of event.
Dee and Ruth commented saying “We will be looking forward to coming back next year and taking part again with the correct wetsuit and footwear”
At the same time Caleb Munday and Janet Haynes took part in the 20k course, which they have both done before and enjoyed taking part in again.
Janet commented “It was a beautiful location for a swim run event which was well organised and good fun”.
The Harriers want to thank the Mad Hatters for putting on the Hokey Cokey event as they all really enjoyed it and thought how well it was organised and Marshalled.
Below – Dee McLean, Janet Haynes, Ruth Glover & Caleb Munday