Ironman World Championship 2022
Wed 09 Nov 2022
Three athletes – Chris Maxwell, Mark Robson and Lynsey Carpenter – from Chippenham Triathlon Club competed at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Entry into the race is through qualification only and is seen by many as the pinnacle achievement in triathlon. This year’s event took on even greater significance as the previous two editions had to be cancelled due to Covid and travel restrictions into the US. The three athletes having to bide their time to enjoy their ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.
Lynsey had to wait 3 years, having qualified at Ironman Wales in 2019, coming 2nd in her age category (AG40-45). Chris and Mark had to wait a year, having both qualified at Ironman UK in 2021, coming 4th and 1st in their respective age categories (Chris 45-49 and Mark 50-54).
Befitting of the World Championship, the Hawaii course is considered one of the toughest Ironman courses due to the heat, humidity and trade winds (typically 30°C+ with 80% humidity).
The athletes had to complete a 2.4 mile swim in the beautiful, crystal clear Pacific Ocean, followed by a 112 mile mentally challenging bike ride through the barren, exposed lava fields of the island, before finally completing a 26.2 mile run in the oppressive heat.
Despite a couple of the athletes suffering with injury and illness, all three managed to dig deep and successfully finish the race in very respectable times.
Chris – 10 hours 21 mins 10 secs, Mark 11 hours and 52 seconds, and Lynsey 12 hours 47mins 13 secs.
An outstanding achievement to have three members of a small triathlon club compete on the world stage, with the event televised globally. If you’re interested in triathlon and want to be part of a fun, friendly club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.