UK Ironman 2011

Some may know, some may not, but Gylly’s Chairman (Allan Reid) and President (Matthew Stone) have been training for the past year for one of the world’s hardest races, the Ironman. Comprising of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and then a 26.2 mile run.

The day finally came last Sunday, 31st July 2011. The event this year was held in Bolton, and started out with a 2 lap course of a relatively warm (18 degrees) lake near Leigh. After transition, the competitors cycled through the streets of Leigh before entering a 30 mile loop of the Lancashire countryside, including one daunting hill. This was negotiated 3 times before rolling downhill towards transition, and setting out upon a marathon towards the Bolton town centre and finish line.

It was Allan’s second Ironman and Matt’s first. Both completed the course well under their target times. After 12 months of getting up at 5am for a 3 hour run, spending their days off from work in the saddle for 8 hours and swimming in freezing Cornish sea temperatures, it has all finally paid off. Thanks to family, friends and all Gylly members for their support, and just if you were interested, the 2012 UK Ironman entries are now out!

Gylly Results (1115 competitors entered)

83rd – Allan Reid – 10:23:25 (54:07 swim/5:55:03 bike/3:26:00 run) 13th M35-39

258th – Matthew Stone – 11:28:39 (1:07:46 swim/6:20:21 bike/3:48:04 run)