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The British in Zurich...
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Posted on: Friday 10th July 2009


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Henry Budgett is out in Zurich for Ironman Switzerland on Sunday, and his first report highlights - yet again - the popularity of Ironman with the British athletes, as well as their willingness and commitment to travel to compete to the biggest races across Europe.


Well, all the news of doom, gloom and financial meltdown may well have caused some athletes to bail on IM Switzerland, they still had four places for Sunday's race this morning, but GB is still the third largest nation here by a long, long way. Switzerland has 536 (24.1%) of the entered field with Germany in second place at 497 (22.3%) and GB third with 343 (15.5%). The next biggest nation is France with 175 (7.8%) and from there it's all the way down in single figures through the rest of the world to the 'exotics' like India, Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica.

Looking at the GB clubs in attendance is quite interesting: massively in the lead is the Pirate Ship of Fools with 59, the race site is awash with the yellow and black uniforms and skull and crossbone stickers. Also packing big numbers are BRAT (13), Mersey Tri (10), Cambridge Tri, Ayrodynamic and Serpentine (9), and Chester (7).

Somewhere in the field on Sunday will be a Welshman celebrating his 50th birthday by doing his first Ironman - sorry I missed your name on the flight over but here's hoping you have a great one!


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