In 2011 the inaugural Ironman Wales event featured an amazing finish and on September 16, 2012 triathletes will gather in Pembrokeshire, Wales to take on this extremely tough course for the second time.
In 2011 there were 1,303 entries and as an indication of just how difficult the day was there was a high percentage of non-finishers with 1,136 managing to reach the line.
There is no way of telling what the weather has in store for 2012, but last year very strong winds made for a very challenging swim.
That last thing an Ironman triathlete needs is an energy-sapping 2.4-mile swim when they face a 112-mile bike course that features 2,400 meters of climbing. Follow that up with a tough 26.2-mile run run course and no telling what will happen.
It made the victory by France’s Jeremy Jurkiewicz even more sensational. He ran a remarkable 2:48 marathon and he needed every second of it to catch Aaron Farlow. In a sprint to the finish Jurkiewicz won the race by five seconds in a time of 9:04:20. Bruno Clebout finished in third place.
Kristin Moeller won by over 14 minutes for the women.
There are 50 qualifying slots allocated for the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii 2013.
Television star, professional skateboarder, and daredevil Matthew Pritchard will be taking part in Ironman Wales 2012 and will join 1,800 athletes at the swim start.
Best of luck to all those who have entered and especially to those of you who are taking part in the Ironman for the first time.