Ironman Shane Shows His Mettle!
For most people, the 26.2 mile marathon distance represents the very pinnacle of physical endeavour. However, for one battle-hardened Harborough AC runner, that feat merely constituted the metaphorical icing on the cake, in Switzerland some eleven days ago. Having conquered the marathon event on numerous occasions – successfully breaking through the 3 hour barrier for his best effort – Shane Edge took the decision to push himself just that little bit further; and all atop the picturesque setting of the Swiss capital and largest city, Zürich.
The ironman discipline comprises a 3.8km swim, 180km ride, and 42.2km run, in that order. For this event, it all began with a dip in Lake Zürich, around a two-lap route of sorts, before transitioning to the bike, and a two-lap course covering almost the entire length of north aspect of the Lake, and twice traversing ‘Heartbreak Hill’, and peaking at an altitude of 700m above sea level. From there, it’s on to a four-lap, 10.5km running circuit to conclude. Competing in the Male 50-54 age bracket, Shane completed the entire course in a time of 13 hours 54 minutes 11 seconds. Broken down, that equated to just over 1 hour 45 minutes for the swim; 6 hours 52 minutes for the bike; and a matter of seconds over the 5 hour mark for the run. He took 78th place overall in his age grouping.
Held in good regard amongst the triathlon community, the Ironman Zürich is an atmospheric race, covering a wide range of ages and abilities. However, having now cracked that challenge, for Shane the question pertains: “what’s next?!”
Elsewhere this week, another of the Club’s stalwart members – Pete Leach – was once again proving there to be plenty of life left in his well-mileaged legs. Around the double-loop of the Stamford 5k, Pete reduced the Vet65 Club Record mark to 24:23, taking 135th spot in the overall field. Meanwhile, also in the East Anglian region, Roy Barber travelled to the Cambridgeshire AA Open Track and Field meeting in St. Ives. Doubling up over the 100m and 200m, Roy clocked 11.85s for the former, and 23.70s for the latter.
At the tail end of the week, a raft of HAC youngsters took to the tarmac of Kettering AC’s track, under the guise of the second Heart of England series meetings. And with nine Personal Bests, and four Club Records being set, it’s clear that the Club’s youth are peaking at just the right time. Leading the charge on the day were Niamh Watson, Suzannah Hickie, and Bethany Ellis – who set new Club best marks for the U13 Girls’ Long Jump, U13 Girls’ Javelin, and U15 Girls’ 200m respectively. However, the standout performance of the day was reserved for the U13 Girls’ 4x100m relay team, who took over half a second off the Club Record that had stood for some 25 years. The quartet of Mollie Watson, Olivia Hartley, Suzannah, and Niamh, clocked 61.8s (just 0.6s off the Senior Record, no less), winning the race in the progress. Ben Morris, Olivia Hartley, and Olivia Mowatt all made their debuts for the Club, performing excellently. Ben, in particular, promises to be a superb addition to the U15 Boys’ ranks, as he set four PBs across the four events in which he took part. Junior Coordinator, Tracie Edwards, also reserved special praise for Isaac Watson, who recovered from a debilitating stumble to still pick up third spot in the U13 Boys’ 75m Hurdles.