South West ath­letes to take on Iron­man chal­lenge

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Trades & Services - Therese Col­man

The 15th an­nual Bus­sel­ton SunS­mart Iron­man WA kicks off this week­end with a bumper field of pro­fes­sional ath­letes join­ing more than 2000 com­peti­tors from around the world.

Ea­ger par­tic­i­pants will com­pete for the 65 qual­i­fy­ing slots for the 2019 Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Sev­eral South West res­i­dents join the line-up of com­peti­tors, in­clud­ing Bus­sel­ton’s Ross Paine, Dan and Cather­ine Tal­bot, Mick Bray, Han­nah Jack­son and Richard Di­pane.

Sun­day’s Iron­man 70.3 will be the third for Bus­sel­ton-based phys­io­ther­a­pist Jack­son, who will com- pete in her first full-length Iron­man in New Zealand next year.

Paine will com­pete in his fourth event, Di­pane his 10th, and Dan and Cather­ine Tal­bot will com­pete in their 10th and 11th re­spec­tively.

Sun­day’s event will be the 13th Iron­man for Bray.

Those rac­ing in the Iron­man will swim 3.8km, ride 180.25km and run 40.2km. Iron­man 70.3 com­peti­tors will swim 1.9km, com­plete a 90.1km bike ride and run 21.1km.

Ironkids will com­pete to­mor­row with a 100m swim, 2.25km bike ride and 1km run for 7-10-year-olds and a 200m swim, 4.5km bike ride and 2km run for ages 11-13.

The race starts with the swim on Sun­day at 6.15am at the Bus­sel­ton Jetty.

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