Gordon Ramsay, the celebrity chef almost as well known for his strong language as his cooking, has confirmed that he will be taking part in IRONMAN Wales, on Sunday, 14th September 2014.
Pembrokeshire is the host county for IRONMAN Wales and the race has quickly gained a reputation with a challenging bike and run courses, but also for the enthusiasm of the local residents in hosting the event. The crowds have turned out in huge numbers for the start of the race, on Tenby’s North Beach, since the event started being held here, and Tenby is one of the most iconic settings for an IRONMAN swim anywhere in the world.
Ramsay’s confirmation to race IRONMAN Wales follows the success of his inaugural IRONMAN experience at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in October last year. Here he proved that he is not only a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen, but also physically and mentally as an IRONMAN athlete finishing in an impressive 14:04:48 for the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile marathon, despite the soaring temperatures and windy conditions that Hawaii is notorious for.
It will be this experience that puts Gordon in good stead for IRONMAN Wales, as the event is reputedly one of the toughest on the European circuit. Staged in the heart of Tenby, the surrounding countryside of Pembrokeshire not only provides a spectacular setting for this ultimate challenge, but its phenomenal atmosphere rivals any other IRONMAN world wide.
Whilst the course may push the boundaries for the athletes with its 1,750m of climbing, the support of the crowds and electric atmosphere is what the event has become renowned for.
On commenting why he had chosen IRONMAN Wales as his next challenge, Ramsay said, “When I was growing up in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Tenby was a destination for our family holidays which I have never forgotten. I have happy memories of the beautiful beaches and amazing scenic backdrop and am looking forward to now racing there for the first time at IRONMAN Wales.”
Ramsay will be up against a sell-out 2,150 athletes taking part in the event, with 322 in his age group, male 45-49 category, with the top athlete in this age group finishing last year in a time of 10:16:03.
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