IRONMAN WALES

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After the difficult  conditions of the previous year the 2018 Tenby  Ironman Wales was blessed with good weather for everyone involved especially the Competitors. The event is regarded as one of the toughest iron man races race in the world, also one of the most iconic and celebrated with the most enthusiastic spectators to cheer on the competitors.

Thousands of spectators filled every look out point at Tenby’s North Bay to watch _DSC0907bthe early start of the event were over 2000 entrants  entered the sea for the 2.4m swim, included amongst them was ACME member Gary Flower who’s competed in the event numerous times, this time thou he was determined to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii  by finishing in the top six in his category

After Completing the swim in 1 hr 4 mins  comfortably, Gary moved onto  the second discipline a 112mile extremely underlating Cycle test. The route looped around Tenby, Angle, Pembroke, Carew, Narberth, Saundersfoot and back to Tenby to complete further laps. Enthusiastic Cheering  spectators lined the streets of every town on route to  view the appreciative  competitors.  The steep testing climb out of Saundersfoot was a popular spot where a narrow avenue for the competitors amongst the hundreds of cheering crowds.

Gary completed the cycle ride in 5 hrs 59 mins before the final discipline – the 26 mile Run which looped in and out of the atmospheric town of Tenby, Gary was now running in 4th place and looked like he would qualify for the Worlds in Hawaii. Running just in front of Gary was ex Welsh international and British Lion rugby player Shane Williams along with fellow retired players competing in the event, obviously they can’t leave serious competition alone.

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Completing  the run in 4 hrs 12 mins, Gary’s overhaul time on finishing the Ironman was 11 hrs 29 mins. Once again a great achievement in this grueling event. Gary was very pleased to  finish fourth in category and automatic selection to Hawaii was achieved which was the  personnel goal.

Some hours later Gary received some disappointing news, selection for Hawaii had been changed and only the top three would travel to the Worlds championships. This was especially  disappointing as the third place competitor  was not far in front of Gary and moving up one position higher was a possibility.

How the rule changed or lack of communications about the worlds selection process was a mystery to Gary, but is determined to try again next year to achieve is goal to compete at the Worlds…

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Dave Singleton’s Summer Season

Dave Singleton’s Winter training and long training rides in the Spring have certainly paid off for him if his summer results are anything to go by.

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The first Sunday in June was the date for the Sportzmad 25mTT on the R25 3H course, this was to become almost Dave’s second home over the next few weeks. On a lovely sunny day he was hoping for a PB on this very fast course. There was a very talented field riding, with the first and second riders timed at 46 minutes. After taking plenty of fluid on board Dave achieved a PB of 54:41

The following weekend Dave was joined by Gary Flower in the Bynea CC 50 on the R50 3C course, again on the A465, between Glynneath and Blaengwrach. A former Acme Open 25 winner took the overall prize here, Keiron Davies posting a 1:40:45 just falling under 30mph.

The two Club riders also enjoyed the conditions and relatively flat course, triathlete Gary Flower posting 1:59:44, averaging 25mph while Dave Singleton posted yet another PB with a time of 2:06:11 averaging just under 24mph.

Dave took a well earned two week break before his next event, again organised by Bynea CC on the R25 3H Course. We were all enjoying the extended period of hot weather and this certainly seemed to suit Dave as he improved on his PB from earlier in the month to post a 54:14, crashing through the 27mph average speed.

After another two week break Dave was back up to the R25 3H for the Merthyr CC 25. The sun continued to shine and Dave continued to thrive on it. In a race which was won with a time of 44:41 Dave equalled his PB of 54:14, that’s consistency.

Two days break this time and Dave was attacking the shorter 10 mile distance in PTW organised Celtic Series 10m event on the R10/22A Course. Where else but the A465 in the Neath Valley. Dave had to wait until almost 7:30 for his start time, fortunately it was a fine evening which clearly suited him. His time of 22:40 yet another PB.