Ironman Wales success for Rees and Hilton

Catherine Hilton in action during Ironman Wales

Catherine Hilton in action during Ironman Wales - Credit: Archant

Ironman Wales is recognised as probably the toughest of all Ironman triathlon races.

This year in Tenby it lived up to its billing as the rough sea conditions made the swim leg a demanding test and caused many of the 2100 competitors major problems.

Catherine Hilton’s performance was truly outstanding and represents one of the stand out performances for the N1 Tri Club for this summer.

She came home 16th woman overall, but an amazing second place in her age group. She completed the 2.4-mile swim in one hour 22 minutes, the 112-mile bike section in six hours 36 and finally, with a demonstration of true grit, she covered the 26.2-mile marathon distance in four hours 12 minutes. Her total time, including transitions was 12 Hours 22 minutes 58 seconds.

For the ever popular Phil Rees it was his first Ironman race and his performance was severely affected by drinking copious amounts of sea water impairing his ability to refuel during the race.

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Phil showed all the determination and courage of a Welshman returning to the land of his birth. He completed the course, cheered on by his adoring fan club, in 15 hours 2 minutes and 58 seconds. It has been a truly outstanding summer for the N1 Tri Club with six members joining the Ironman Roll of honour. Catherine Hilton, Phil Rees, Ironman triathletes, we salute you!

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