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Holder and Fell overcome tough conditions at World Ironman Championships in Hawaii

PLYMOUTH Tri Club’s Ken Holder and Tavistock Olympian Heather Fell both overcame tough conditions to complete the 2017 World Ironman Championships in Hawaii.

In hot weather and on a difficult course in Kona, former modern pentathlete Fell finished 36th in the women’s 30-34 age group in a time of 11.01.56 hours.

Her strengths were the swim and the run – both pentathlon events.  She managed the 2.4-mile swim in 59.59 minutes, she then completed 112-mile cycle in 6:01.44 before finishing with a 3:50.07 marathon run.

Fell had qualified for the Ironman World Championships after finishing second in her age category at the Standard Bank African Championships in 10:46.46. That was her ironman debut.

Last month she claimed a top 10 age group finish at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in America.

Holder finished 139th out of 293 competitors in the men’s 45-49 category in Kona, clocking a time of 10:52.56.

He completed the swim in 1:03.09 before enjoying a good cycle section, clocking 5:07.07. With conditions getting tougher, Holder then finished with a 4:34.05 marathon run.

He had qualified for the World Championships after clocking 10:00.55 at the Weymouth Ironman.

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