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Ironman Paul brought down to earth by new born Mollie
12:10pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
Paul Wills from Andover Triathlon Club sponsored by Heritage VW Salisbury, complete his second Ironman Triathlon - a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run at Henley on Thames with new baby Mollie in his arms.
What would be normally a tough race in its own right was made even tougher from the severe lack of sleep Wills experienced in the week leading up to race day due to the arrival of lovely Mollie in the early hours of September 4. Wills entered the water at 6.40am feeling confident in his training and after a brief warm up he was off, but something didn’t feel right and he soon realised that is timing chip had come away in the water.
The rescue canoe found the assumed chip and he was off again (later discovered that the chip was not Wills but had it amended) after this fiasco at the start, he produced a great swim time of 1:27.
The ride was a challenging course of 112 miles with 6,000ft of hills, which he completed in a respectable 6:10.
Finishing with the 26.2 mile run, he completed this in a great 4:30 giving him a total time including transitions of 12nrs 15mins knocking a massive 1nr15 of his previous Ironman time, finishing 148th overall.
Paul said after: “As I neared the finish I had my prize waiting for me and I made sure I ran towards her! My little 4 day old daughter Mollie in a custom made Challenge Henley sleep suit with 'My daddy is an Ironman' written on it waiting for me to carry her over the finish line”.