Ironman Hamburg 2019

18 Striders, family & friends travelled to Germany to take part & support @ Ironman Hamburg. This was a record number of entrants into a full distance triathlon for the club for which they were awarded the title of 3rd largest club at the event. With the weather hot a non-wetsuit swim was feared but luckily just avoided for the competitors setting off on the 3.8k swim in the city’s lake Alster.

Out of the swim and transition 1 complete they set off on the 183km fast, flat bike route, not as easy as it sounds with cobbles to negotiate and fierce cross winds to battle against.
The bike and transition 2 complete they just had the 42k run to tackle! The hot afternoon sun was unwelcome but supporting friends and family did all they could to try to keep their tired bodies moving forward to complete the 4 lap course, which took them alongside the lake they had swum in early that morning.

Michal Nowak lead the way from the start and was 1st Strider to cross the line in a time of 10:35:14 which placed him 72nd in his age category and 308th out of a field of 2005 competitors overall.
Neil Hacon was 2nd Strider home in a time of 10:39:38 placing him 26th in his age group and 342nd overall.
Andy Baptie was 3rd Strider to cross the line in a time of 12:18:14 placing him 168th in his age group, 1125th overall. This was Andy’s 1st Ironman.
Lynne Hacon was 1st female Strider home with a new PB of 12:43:14 placing her 10th in her age group and 1328th overall; this was Lynne’s 3rd Ironman.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time for 2 of the Striders who did not manage to complete the course but they are returning to try again next year in true Strider spirit!
Amazing team comradeship and support for each other was shown at every step of the way during the long months of training right up to race day, 7 of whom were taking part in their 1st full distance triathlon. A fantastic achievement for the club.

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