WILL CLARKE secured his first 70.3 win yesterday with an incredible performance at Ironman UK spurred on by his 7 month old son.

Clarke joined over 1300 registered athletes from more than 40 nations who took to the water for the 9th annual iconic IRONMAN 70.3 UK.

will clarke wimbleball son winIn the Men’s Pro field, a large leading pack emerged from the 1.2 mile lake swim including Mark Threlfall (GBR), Dan Halksworth (GBR), Will Clarke (GBR) and Johann Ackermann (GER) followed by chasing athletes including defending Champion Ritchie Nicholls (GBR), Paul Hawkins (GBR) and Harry Springall (GBR) over a minute behind. 
As the lead pack headed off onto the 56 mile notoriously tough 2 lap bike course that covers some 1190m of climbing, Clarke and Ackermann made their move, steadily pulling away as leaders and headed into T2 neck and neck. 
But it was the run that saw Clarke too strong for his rivals and he continued to build a more comfortable 2 minute cushion on his closest rival Springall over the first 7km. With Halksworth out due to injury, this lead increased to nearly 5 minutes by the time he crossed the finish line to take his first 70.3 win in a time of 04:18:07. 
On his first IRONMAN 70.3 win, Clarke said “It’s a great feeling to have won today. It’s been a couple of years coming and I’m stoked to have won especially on fathers day with Freddie (my son) watching. I knew Ritchie was closing me down – a bit too close for my liking as he’s a hearty runner, so I’m really pleased.” 

Eimear Mullan wimbleball winIn the Women’s Pro field, double 70.3 UK Champion Eimear Mullan (IRE) proved too strong for the small assembled field. Whilst 30 year old age grouper Katie Henderson led the females out of the water in an impressive 0:25:58 giving her a good two minute lead, Eimear was quick to make it up on the bike. Pushing hard with little pressure from the chasing pack, Mullan steadily built her lead up to over 11 minutes to cross the finish line in 04:52:16, posting a time of nearly 5 minutes faster than 2013 and taking her third consecutive win. 


On crossing the finish line Eimear said, “This is my favourite race. It was totally different this year in terms of the weather and competition but that doesn’t take away my win at all. I pushed hard and really enjoyed it.” 

Did you race in Wimbleball? Be great to hear what you made of the race? Get in touch with Joe on comments@trireview.co.uk



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