Claire is a real Ironwoman
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 16:30
COWES triathlete Claire Holbrook went the extra mile to complete the Ironman Nice Triathlon — but she had a real battle on her hands to finish.
In the worst weather in the event’s ten-year history, Claire, of Newport Road, completed the 3.8km swim in 1.16.00, and then went onto the arduous 180.2km bike leg, which was made a whole lot harder by heavy rain for the final three hours. It made the course cold, and extremely dangerous through the mountain descents from the Alps to Nice.
With many athletes taking falls in the slippery conditions, Claire battled on to finish the bike in 7.01.00.
Next up, and in drier weather she began the 40.2km run to complete her challenge.
And although thunderstorms and hail showers plagued the first part of the run, she completed the course in 4.32.00, giving her an overall finish time of 13.07.
Exceeding all her expectations of the race she also managed to finish 14th in her age group and third British woman in the 40 to 44 years category.
Claire was supported by her partner, Ant, her children, Ben and Blossom, her mum, Jenny, and her friends and colleagues at Newport Fire Station.
She was also supported by her dad, John, who was her training partner. He was due to compete alongside Claire at the Challenge Weymouth Long Distance Triathlon in September, but after suffering a bike accident in Nice while supporting Claire, is unsure whether he will compete.