Oswestry athlete completes Ironman World Champs


Robert Doman

A MEMBER of the Oswestry Olympians athletics club has just returned from the idyllic island of Hawaii after competing in the 34th Ironman World Championships.

Sarah Greaves tackled what is renowned as being the toughest Ironman event in the world as she swam 2.4 miles in the Pacific Ocean, cycled 112 miles on volcanic terrain and completed a gruelling marathon in near 40 degree heat.

Taking place in Kailua-Kona on October 12, thousands of competitors lined up for the challenging race, having all had to qualify for their place at previous events, with Sarah finishing a very creditable 18th in her age group after receiving an encouraging hug from four-time World Champion, Chrissie Wellington.

“It was tough going but I was determined to see it through to the end,” said Sarah who finished the race in a time of 13 hours and 38 minutes.
“The whole trip was a fantastic experience and I was proud to wear my Oswestry colours during the cycling and running sections,” she added.

Having arrived safely back home, Sarah is continuing to coach young triathletes at Oswestry School on Friday evenings.

For more information visit www.oswestryolympians.co.uk

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