Tuesday, September 10, 2013
On Monday of this week it was a big day for the young Bland twins of Axmouth as they started a new school.
The previous day their father, Tom Bland a well known superb all round athlete, had an appointment of a different kind as he was racing the ‘Ironman Wales’ Triathlon in Tenby.
The Wales course is well known as one of the toughest on the world circuit with its hilly bike course and demanding run.
Many racers review it as ‘brutal’! To add to the challenge the weather on the day was chilly and frequent heavy showers made the road surface slippery resulting in many accidents. Bland navigated his way around the course in great style covering the 2.4 miles swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 run course in an impressive 11 hours 12 minutes 51 seconds spurred on by huge crowds in the delightful seaside resort of Tenby. When children gather at a new school they often share information about their nearest and dearest. On Monday, at play time, I am sure two little people will be pleased to let their new friends know: “My Daddy is an Ironman”.
There were other impressive performances by local athletes in the event. Lisa Maggs who lives in Buckerell, competing in her first Ironman race was third in her age category (F45-49) in a time of 13 hours 43 minutes 20 seconds a superb performance. Guy Paddon (M40-4) also in his first long course race, recorded 14 hours 25 minutes 10 seconds and well known local businessman man Richard Easton (M 30-34) recorded a fantastic 10 hours 51minutes 24 seconds. The N1 Tri club salutes you all.