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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Ironman Champions All 

Congratulations to Penny Edwards, a UK teacher who has just completed the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii; finishing in the top ten for her class, in one of the most gruelling race events in the world. Not bad for someone who did not take up running until her 40s and is now a very fit 52 year old. More.

Congratulations also to Chrissie Wellington, who won the women's event and became the first British athlete to claim an Ironman World Championship title. This under-sung, relatively unknown 30 year old, did not turn pro until this year and only took part in her first Ironman a couple of months ago, a race which she won convincingly.

Winner of the men's event was determined Australian, Chris McCormack, who says that he has dreamed of being the World Ironman Champion for 20 years.

The Ford Ironman World Championship involves a 2.4 mile swim in the open sea, a 112 mile cycle ride and then a 26.2 mile marathon run through the lava fields of Kailua-Kona. Nearly 1,800 athletes took part in the event, ranging in age from 18 to 78 years old. Yes, 78. Most of the Ironman athletes have quite a story to tell, some exceptionally inspirational and you can read more on the Ironman website.

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