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Eimar Mullan Wins Ironman 70.3 UK!

Eimear Mullan won the UK's Ironman 70.3 in both 2012 and 2013 and this weekend she went back to Wimbleball to defend her title. And she did it! Here's her story:

I travelled to the UK from Mallorca to race at the UK Ironman 70.3 Championships at Wimbleball Lake. For this race you can usually expect to find rain, cold temperatures and a massive mud bath at the race site. This year it was a totally different story. The weather was the best I have ever seen it at the race. It was sunny and warm for the entire weekend and the lake temperature was a lovely 18+ rather than the usual 14 or below.

I love racing at Wimbleball because its remote location makes it very different from any other Ironman race in the world and also means that the course is super tough which suits me down to the ground. The bike course is hilly and hard and the run is even tougher. I was really looking forward to racing as I wanted to defend my title and to make it my 3rd win at the race. In previous years, the race has attracted a strong field of athletes but this year the pro field was very small so I knew it could be a very different type of race for me.

My race got off to an mediocre start - I didn’t feel like I was swimming very well - but I kept moving along and came out of the water with small gap over the other professional woman. I jumped on my bike and set off on the bike course which is my favourite part of this race. I started steadily up the first hill and rode the first lap quite conservatively then pushed on a little for the second lap to extend my lead before the run.

I usually get off the bike and go as hard as I can to the finish line, either chasing people down or being chased, and on a course like Wimbleball it’s a tough way to run. This time, with a comfortable lead off the bike, I was able to take it all in and really enjoy the run. The conditions were great, the off-road surface was solid underfoot and the support from the crowds was amazing.

It felt really great to win here for the 3rd time and it was great to catch up with all the familiar faces and with my old training buddies from Bedford and Milton Keynes. I think the race will have been perfect preparation for my next race at Ironman France in just under 2 weeks. After that I will be getting some speed into my legs and arms in preparation for the Commonwealth Games where I will be racing in the triathlon relay event representing Northern Ireland.

Congratulations to Eimear for her UK Ironman 70.3 hat trick and good luck for all her upcoming events. Here's what she's got coming up, we'll keep you posted with updates for all of them:

  • Ironman France - 29th June
  • Commonwealth Games - 26th July
  • European Ironman 70.3 Championships - 10th August
  • Ironman Copenhagen - 24th August

17 June 2014

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