20 July 2019

Triathlon: Edwina Brocklesby becomes Britain’s oldest Ironman triathlete

June 12, 2013

After completing one of the world’s most challenging Ironman courses, 70 year old Edwina Brocklesby has broken the record to become Britain’s oldest Ironman triathlete finisher in history.

edwinaEdwina took part in the Ironman Lanzarote Triathlon at the active sports and holiday resort Club La Santa and finished the 3.8km swim, 180.2km bike ride and 42.2km marathon challenge in 16 hours and 43 minutes.

Commenting on her experience, Edwina, who lives in central London, said she wasn’t confident she would be able to finish the challenge after previously suffering a knee injury,

“I was given strict medical advice in 2011 not to run again, but I sought a second opinion as I didn’t want to give up.

“Thankfully I was told after a lot of strength and balance exercises that I could compete, but it meant I just had to focus on finishing the triathlon, rather than trying to complete it in the fastest run time possible.

“I’ve taken part in the Ironman Lanzarote three times before, but this was the toughest one yet. We faced extremely strong winds which made it more challenging, and the cycle took me an extra hour to complete.

“I’m not a strong swimmer so I usually find the swim course the hardest part, but I actually achieved a personal best by 13 minutes.”

Head of Club La Santa UK, Claire Dyson said, “On behalf of all the team at Club La Santa we want to congratulate Eddie on such a fantastic achievement.

“Her motivation and dedication is remarkable, she is a true inspiration.”

Edwina has set up her own charity Silverfit, which is aimed at encouraging wellbeing and fitness for people over 50. Visit www.silverfit.org.uk for more information.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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