May 24

Ironman Lanzarote 2015

Ironman Lanzarote 2015


I have to report that I did not make it to Ironman Lanzarote this year as I was not well on the day. I think ‘gutted’ is the correct term to describe my disappointment.

Steve was a marshall again this year, on the marathon leg of the race so I had to rely on a couple of phone calls from him, and facebook. He did have a bad moment this year as my car, which he parked on the pavement, with an ‘organización’ sticker and with the permission of a policeman, who was there at the time, disappeared! Fortunately it had only been moved, with others and not taken to the pound as he at first feared. It would have been a long walk home after 19 hours on the go!

This is where it all starts.

This is where it all starts.

There were 1,796 on the startlist this year. That’s 1,796 athletes who have trained and driven themselves, worked and worked out, to get to that moment on the beach in the cool morning air, ready to start the gruelling day with a swim of 3.8k in the sea at

Puerto del Carmen.

volunteers await with welcome drinks as the competitiors run from the sea and on to stage 2., the bikes!

Volunteers await with welcome drinks as the competitiors run from the sea and on to stage 2, the bikes!

The transition is carried out swiftly with many competitors saving precious seconds by having their cycling shoes attached to the pedals rather than putting them on before.

Getting a some of the sand off their feet on                           on the run!

Getting a some of the sand off their feet on the run!

Finding your bike is the next job, for the second part, the 180.2k cycle ride around the island (and this year it was quite windy) .

Finding your bike is the next hurdle!

There was a new arch this year, very colourful!

It’s where they start the cycle ride but more importantly it’s where they finish the whole event after a total time of 8 hours 56 minutes 49 seconds, in the case of this year’s winner:

Alessandro Degasperi from Italy.

Many congratulations to him on a great win.


Runners and riders pass each other as the marathon runners make their way around the three lap course and the cyclists end their punishing ride back at the start.


The first female competitor home was Diana Riesler who did the swim in 55 minutes, 40 seconds.,the cycle ride in 5 hours, 37 minutes, 11 seconds and the run in 3 hours, 16 minutes, 20 seconds.

Magnificent performances but as every year I am in awe of all those who tackle the course and I missed being there to cheer home the last runners at the approach of midnight, when the time is up. Next year, hopefully I’ll be there and if you have never been I can only say you are missing a super day, great atmosphere and inspiring performances.

See reports of previous years here

Sue Almond

Photographs S Shaw

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