Swiss trip for Ironman Rhodri

PUBLISHED: 14:49 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:39 26 October 2009

Triathlete Rhodri Humphreys

Triathlete Rhodri Humphreys

HATFIELD athlete Rhodri Humphreys is in training for the Ironman Switzerland Triathlon after recently being selected to represent the TriUK triathlon race team. The team is the largest and most successful in Europe, and they have taken Humphreys under the

HATFIELD athlete Rhodri Humphreys is in training for the Ironman Switzerland Triathlon after recently being selected to represent the TriUK triathlon race team.

The team is the largest and most successful in Europe, and they have taken Humphreys under their wing, supplying him with all the essential kit that he will require for a gruelling racing season.

A triathlon is a continuous swimming, cycling and running endurance event and the Ironman is an extreme version of the Olympic distance.

More than 1,000 competitors from 56 countries will face a swim of more than two miles in Zurich on July 13, followed by a cycle ride and then a full marathon.

Humphreys, who lives in Hatfield Garden Village, had to send in a sporting CV, as well as a results sheet in order to be selected for the team.

The officials will have been impressed with his skills having been successful in sport over a number of years.

Humphreys has represented Wales schoolboys in swimming and was the Welsh national freestyle champion for his age group a few years ago.

"I got into triathlon when I saw an advert in a magazine, and thought with my swimming background I would have a good chance," said the 26-year-old Hatfield athlete.

"I am delighted to be representing the TriUK race team, based in Yeovil, and hope I can improve on my recent finishes of fourth in a St Albans event, and winning my age group event at Stratford a few months ago."

The Wales-born athlete has been involved in the triathlon for four years, and after completing the Ironman UK in Dorset last August in a time of 11 hours and 52 minutes, he will be looking for an improvement this time around.

He said: "The Ironman Switzerland is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile cycle and then a marathon, all done continuously.

"My aim for the Zurich event is to get under 11 hours, and I am confident on seeing that improvement."

Humphreys trains up to 15 hours a week, and has kept his fitness up throughout the close season with a series of running races and gym work.

He took up the sport originally as a hobby, but has seen his excitement and competitiveness grow event by event.

"I get on really well with all the triathletes and everyone involved with the events," said Humphreys.

"I do it for the enjoyment, but obviously want to do as well as I can, and I am always on the lookout for sponsorship from anyone interested."

Anyone who is interested in sponsoring Rhodri should contact him on

rhodrihumphreys@onetel.com


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