Mr Anderson Qualifies for the Ironman World Championship 2021, in Hawaii.

Head of PE, Mr Anderson of North Shields has achieved a long held ambition by qualifying for the 2021 Ironman World Championship.

The race is held each year during October in Kona, Hawaii and is an iconic event in the world of triathlon and the pinnacle for the sport’s long distance athletes.

The event consists of a 2.4 miles sea swim, 112 miles bike ride and is concluded with a marathon run of 26.2 miles all done consecutively.

Mr Anderson, who is also a member of local athletics club North Shields Polytechnic since 2013, qualified for the race at his sixth attempt following a tough day at the Ironman UK race in Bolton held on July 4th.

“I set a new PB on the course but am more proud of not dropping out altogether. Flash floods on the bike course made conditions dangerous and the police wanted to stop the event. I developed mild hypothermia (numb hands and feet) and started falling asleep on the bike. I made a call and decided to carry on” said Mr Anderson.

Split times on the day were 1:11:39 for the swim, 6:21:24 on the bike and 3:12:39 for the marathon. Each section has its own cut off time and the whole event has to be completed in under 17 hours. Mr Anderson finished this one in 10:55:32.

Mr Anderson’s motivation has always been to see how far he can push himself but the dedication and determination to train, the skills learnt along the way and the challenge to compare himself with the best in Hawaii are what he is most proud of.

“I train 7 days a week. Monday to Friday I have a one hour swim in the school pool before work, swimming is my weakest element. I cycle Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and run with the Poly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I also do a long run on Sunday making a total of 15-20 hours of training each week”.

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