Rotary Club of Exmoor

Ironman UK

Itonman 70.3 Exmoor

Previously, Exmoor Rotary has been involved in the organisation of Ironman UK at Wimbleball Lake on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. A number of other local Rotary clubs were also involved. Importantly, this event raised a very significant sum for charity (the charities are selected by the athletes), and we were fortunate in being the bearers of cheques to local cases, notably Children's Hospice South West, and the Calvert Trust (Exmoor). However, we no longer support this event.

This is an event for top triathlon athletes - 70.3 miles consisting of swimming (1.2 miles), cycling (56 miles), and running (13.1 miles). It attracts a very large number of competitors from all over the world, and well over 1000 competitors take part. For information check out the Ironman UK web-site.

Ironman - cylists' service station

What our club did was to run a 'cyclists' service station' on the bike course (in which they complete two laps) which means that the competitors can stock up on water, energy drink or energy bars as they whizz past. We were at the location soon after 6am to get the drinks mixed, and put into special bottles for the athletes. Once the cyclists arrived, there was no let up, and all hands were required to man the station!

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Preparations...

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Mixing the energy drinks

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Cyclists arrive en masse

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...and depart refreshed

And still they keep coming

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Breakfast served for the workers!