Triathlete Taryn takes on the world

December 30 2019
Triathlete Taryn takes on the world

A THORNBURY triathlete has taken part in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Taryn Roberts, who works at the Thornbury Active Lifestyle Centre, competed alongside 2,500 of the world’s top athletes, completing a 2.4-mile swim, a 122-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon run. She had qualified for the competition after three attempts, by successfully winning her age group category at the Ironman Wales event by an hour.

In Hawaii, Taryn completed the course in 12 hours and 1 minute, finishing 38th in her division, 332nd in the women’s field, and 1,587th overall. The swim took 1 hour 9 minutes, the ride 6 hours and 31 minutes and the marathon 4 hours 9 minutes.

The challenge was made even more difficult because of 45 mph crosswinds and heat of 35 degrees Celsius.

Taryn said: “The entire experience was incredible. As a fitness instructor, I’ve always loved sport and pushing myself to achieve new goals – so taking part in the Ironman challenge felt like a natural step to make. Having the opportunity to compete alongside such determined and strong athletes from all over the world inspired me to do my best, and I’m now focused on improving my results at the next World Championships.

In the lead up to the race, I was training for up to 15 hours a week, so I had to be extremely committed. Luckily, I have a brilliant support base, including the amazing team at the Centre, which definitely helped keep me motivated.”

Centre manager Frances Snell said: “We are extremely proud of Taryn. As a company, we aspire to make exercise rewarding, fun, and accessible to everyone.

We already support our local GB athletes by providing free access to our facilities to help them realise their full potential, so it’s brilliant that one of our own instructors is also embarking on such incredible challenges. She is an inspiration to us all.”