Haverfordwest in Britain's only coastal National Park of Pembrokeshire is justifiably famous for its rugged cliffs, quiet coves and expansive sandy bays. This was to be the setting for the Endurancelife epic trail run event offering a range of distances for all. Emma Croxon took on the 10km (7.6 mile) distance, completing the race in 2:11:54 (140th). Whilst John & Angela Phillips battled the ½ marathon (15.3 mile) course completing in 3:34:25 & 3:34:26 (239th/240th). It was marathon or bust for self-confessed running fan Liz Aitken who tackled the gruelling cliff top 27.8 mile course, finishing in 7:09:27 (126th), and still with a smile on her face. Race support was cheerily provided by Sara O'Callaghan & Sarah Taylor.
It was some-what warmer over in the Costa del Sol where the Mediterranean city of Marbella was hosting the inaugural Ironman 70.3 triathlon. 2500 triathletes descended on Puerto Banŭs all vying for 50 qualifying slots for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships coming up in South Africa later this year. Veteran endurance athlete Suzy Hawkins along with Rachel Kelley took on the mighty challenge of a 1.9km sea swim (shortened due to windy conditions) followed by a 90km bike, including two 25km climbs, topped off with a half marathon. Suzy was overjoyed to step onto the podium with 3rd place in her age group in a time of 5:21:56 (426th) whilst Rachel also did very well with a 16th place age group position in a time of 6:31:51 (1301st). Well done ladies on an excellent day of hot & humid racing.
Meanwhile Matt Cotter was breaking a personal record by 5 minutes at the Wimbledon Half Marathon crossing the line in 1:53:07, 42nd in Cat, 260th overall. Looks like he's all set for a cracking season to come!
John & Angela Phillips at Endurancelife Pembrokeshire.
Suzy Hawkins & Rachel Kelley celebrate at Ironman 70.3 Marbella.