Taryn books her place in Hawaii
The picturesque town of Tenby, on the Pembrokeshire coastline, is transformed once a year into an endurance sport mecca, as it plays host to 2500 triathletes competing in Ironman Wales.
Thornbury RC’s Ironman and woman siblings, Dylan and Taryn Roberts, knew what to expect after competing in last year’s race and had pushed themselves in training to make a much bigger impact on the leaderboard in 2018.
Taryn had finished third in her age category in 2017 and if she won it this time, she would automatically book her place to the Ironman World Championships on the Island of Hawaii in 2019.
Dylan opened with a 1 hour 5 min swim leg and Taryn followed 2 mins later. After upgrading to time trial bikes for this year’s race and focussing more energy on this discipline, they made huge gains and moved through the field.
Taryn’s bike split of 6 hours 34:20 mins was the quickest in her age category and she started the run ahead of her rivals in the 25-29 age category. Dylan was 35 mins quicker on the bike than the previous year as he completed the 112 miles in 6 hours 17:19 mins.
Both produced outstanding runs on a very challenging course. Taryn’s 3 hour 39:02 mins marathon was the fastest of all 200 age woman group athletes competing and, remarkably, was only bettered by 5 professional athletes on the day.
Her overall time was 11 hours 36:39 mins and she earned the right to compete in the Ironman World Champs in 2019 by comprehensively winning the 25-29 age category by almost 1 hour and finishing 13th in the women’s field.
Dylan’s was 22nd in the 25-29 age category and 162nd out of 2,200 male athletes who were competing on the day.