Hurricane Bertha swept across the nation on Sunday as heavy rain and strong winds battered most of the country but this didn’t stop club member Peter Williams from competing in his biggest endurance contest.
With many events being cancelled, the Cotswolds in Gloustershire went ahead with their first ever Ironman triathlon. The event named Cotswold226 saw over 200 triathletes line up for the gruelling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run.
Williams, who is the commercial workshop vehicle manager at Manchetts in Burwell has had this race firmly on his mind for over a year. And with a couple of Half-Ironman races under his belt, he knew was in the form of his life. After a tough swim in choppy water he was soon out on his bike, and with the weather playing a cruel factor for the two lap 112 mile contest Williams with the support of his family cheering him on from the sidelines cruised around the circuit in a fabulous 5 hours 49 minutes 59 seconds. With a four lap run around the lake Williams endurance shone through as he battled to keep going over the 26.2 mile course. Williams had the run of his life to record a marathon time of 3 hours 36 minutes 34 seconds giving him an overall finishing time of 11 hours 04 minutes 46 seconds, finishing 27th overall and second in his age category (50+).
After the event Williams commented,
“It was wild out there, I found it really tough physically and especially psychologically, there were times when all I wanted to do was get off the bike and during the run I just wanted to stop. I’m really pleased with my result as I was aiming for a time of between 11 and 12 hours. I would like to thank my wife for becoming a triathlon widow and am now looking forward to our holiday together”