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Ironman River Swim report
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Posted on: Sunday 27th June 2010


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Mick Dicker from Raw Energy Pursuits (www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk) reports on the L Guess Jewellers Ironman River Swim which took place on Saturday.

Full results HERE.


L Guess Jewellers Ironman River Swim 2010

Raw Energy Pursuits seemed to have hit on a winning formula with their Ironman River Swim - the event sold out again despite doubling the size of the field. This year athletes were treated to an open top double decker bus ride courtesy of Rabbit Skips to take them from the finish to the start at Ford Marina. The event coincided with Armed Forces Day and many other activities on the beach and around the RNLI Quay at Littlehampton, West Sussex.

It was a sight to behold seeing 250 wetsuit clad athletes walking from Ford Church through the wheat fields on the edge of the River Arun to the start at Ford Marina. There was good mix of pure swimmers with many triathletes and Ironmen in preparation for the European Ironman season.

Ironman River Swim ©sussexsportphotography.com

The River Arun is the UK's second fastest flowing river and at 17 degrees most the field were hoping for PB's. Despite the current being a little stronger, the race started at 1pm during a 30 minute period of slack water with athletes keeping close to the bank for the first kilometre, before taking the racing lines through the twisting river as the current turned in their favour. The lead group which contained last years winner Nick Finch split before Littlehampton Marina and saw TriTalk's Mark Malloy move ahead. With 500m to go Malloy looked strong and extended his lead by almost 100m finishing in front of the RNLI Station in 49:28. The next group saw Russell Campbell, Tom Wilson and Nick Finch exit together and sprint up the ramp – once Finch had stretched his cramped foot! The female race was just as tight with swimming teacher Katie Butcher from Arun Trinity taking first place after a blast up the finish ramp to win by 3 seconds from Liz Price from Eastbourne. Rebecca Gray from Milford was third. Crowds had gathered on the quay to cheer the rest of the field with the last competitor, Gina Quest finishing in 1:36:38 – we told you it was quick.

Mark Molloy TriTalk.co.uk 49.28 1st Male
Russell Campbell Port Solent - David LLoyd 51.35 2nd Male
Tom Wilson Chichester Westgate Tri Club 51.39 3rd Male
Katie Butcher Arun Trinity Tri 53.54 1st Female
Liz Price Eastbourne 53.57 2nd Female
Rebecca Gray Milford 54.44 3rd Female
Alastair Bell Swim4tri 52.59 1st Male Vet
Mat Record Mid Sussex Tri 54.05 2nd Male Vet
Lisa Maynard Port Solent - David LLoyd 1.04.09 1st Female Vet
Nicky Carsons Worthing 1.04.15 2nd Female Vet
Bob Novis Brighton Phoenix Tri 54.06 1st Male Supervet
Christine Brooks Eastbourne Swimming Club 1.02.49 1st Female Supervet
Caroline Guildford Thames Turbo 1.03.18 1st Female Junior

As usual part of the entry fee went straight to supporting the great work of the RNLI.

Sussex Sport Photography has managed to take some memorable shots of this unique day, especially the trek to the start – go to www.sussexsportphotography.com


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