Croeso i Goleg Sir Benfro
Cadarnhewch eich dewis iaith
This year’s Ironman event proved that Pembrokeshire College staff can perform exceptionally well, both in and out of the classroom.
Tenby’s long-distance triathlon saw College Plumbing Lecturer, Nicky Rees compete in the race for the seventh time in Wales. Completing a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run in an impressive 12 hours and 56 minutes.
Nicky praised the crowds of supporters who buoyed him up along the way, “It was a difficult race this year, the wind and rain was relentless but the support from the crowds got me through.”
Crowned Ironman for the eleventh time, having completed four other Ironman challenges in Austria, Bolton, Norway and Switzerland, Nicky included a nine-mile swim in the Thames as part of his training this year, “I must be mad but I enjoy it, and I’m looking forward to doing it all again in 2018!”
College Sports Lecturer, Lee Gibbons didn’t take part in the race but worked tirelessly in the Sports Therapy tent, administering over 80 treatments to Ironman athletes, including professional athlete Phillip Graves who was placed second in the race. Lee commented, “It was great to be involved in such an exciting event for the second time. I worked in the massage tent for the whole weekend, and carried out my last treatment at 1:30am on Sunday morning! The athletes are incredible and I was pleased to be involved.”
Pembrokeshire College would like to congratulate everyone who took part, let’s hope for better weather next year!