St. Michael’s School has an outstanding team of teaching and admin staff, which is demonstrated by an event that took place on Sunday 10th September – the Ironman Wales challenge in Tenby. There are only two Ironman challenges in the UK; one in Wales and the other in Bolton, England. You may not realise that one of the polite and helpful members of the main school office is quite a tough cookie! Gaynor had been training for approximately 12 to 16 hours every week for almost a year to try and complete the challenge. The term ‘Ironman’ refers to a long-distance triathlon which consists of the following:-
2.4 mile sea swim
112 miles cycle ride around Pembrokeshire
26.2 miles run
Although she had been involved in competitive cycling for many years, it was always going to be a huge challenge for her, both physically and mentally, despite her completing two ‘Half-Ironman’ events this year.” The event started at 7.00am and all competitors (2000 in total) had to complete all the above elements by midnight (a total of 17 hours) to earn the title of ‘Ironman’.
We welcomed Gaynor back into the school office on Wednesday and we are delighted to say that she fulfilled her dream on Sunday and became an ‘Ironman’.
“The weather conditions were awful, with heavy rain and gale force winds to contend with out on the bike course which made a tough day even more challenging, with almost 400 competitors not making the cut-off time for the bike section. The support from the crowd in Tenby was unbelievable, including a few St Michael’s pupils and their families! I eventually made it over the line and the famous red carpet just before midnight, with an overall time of 16 hrs and 28 mins. It just goes to show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.” Gaynor Hughes, Ironman.
A truly fantastic achievement and it is no surprise that she is planning the next one!