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Lizzie Hutson at Ironman UK 2010

posted 15 Aug 2010, 09:24 by James Chant

Lizzie Hutson was in imperious form as she stormed to victory in her age group at Ironman UK in Bolton on Sunday 1st August.  It was her first attempt at the distance, in which she managed to qualify for the Ford Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

She started the 2.4 mile swim, which took place in the cold waters of Pennington Flash in Leigh at 6:00am, along with another 1200 ironman athletes,  and got out of the water  1 hr 2 mins 31 secs later in 191st  place.  After the first transition it was onto the 112 mile bike course which consisted of 3 laps and took in the notorious Sheep House Lane which passes over one of the highest points in Lancashire.  6 hours 18 minutes 10 seconds after getting on her bike Lizzie arrived in transition for the second and final time in 149th place overall.  

She then embarked on what was to be the hardest run she has ever undertaken.   The run consisted of 2 laps which culminated in Bolton City Centre with a grandstand finish in front of huge cheering crowds outside the City Hall.  Lizzie took just 3 hrs 31 mins 23 secs to complete the 26 mile run giving her an overall time of 10 hours 59 minutes and 29 seconds, which was the fastest in her age group by over 12 minutes and good enough to take 6th female overall, beating some pro athletes in the process.  Her time was the 99th fastest of the day in both male and female categories.

Lizzie’s journey to Ironman UK started over 9 months ago and she has been training and competing hard, some weeks putting in over 20 hours a week in the pool, on her bike and also out running.  Lizzie would like to thank everyone who has supported her.