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Brothers compete as 'Ironmen'

Brothers compete as 'Ironmen'

Two funeral director brothers teamed up to take part in this year’s Ironman Wales contest.

Simon and Richard Rossiter from W & M J Rossiter & Sons in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, lined up for the event’s 7am start, with more than 2000 athletes from over 40 different countries.

For Simon (left in picture), this was his third Ironman competition but for younger brother Richard (right), this was a debut in the event.

The 2.4 mile swim started in very choppy water on Tenby’s North Beach and was followed by a transitional run and a bike ride of 112 miles – around Pembrokeshire’s stunning National Park coastline. The final phase was a 26.2 mile marathon run back to Tenby, which snakes runs around the town.

The event is generally considered to be one of the world’s most challenging, and all athletes have to be finished within 17 hours, a cut-off point of midnight.

Both brothers made the grade. Simon beat last year’s time by 10 minutes to finish in 13 hours and 10 minutes, while Richard set the family benchmark high, with a time of 12 hours 24 minutes.

Richard says he enjoyed it all and fancies another go next year. Simon, however, is not so sure. “The swim was the worst part,” he said. “Very rough. It felt like being in a washing machine.” 

Embalmer Dorian Harries of Mortuary Services (pictured centre) sponsored Simon’s new wetsuit and Richard’s tri suit, trainers and cycle helmet. 

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