LOCAL COMMUNITY - Clayton Fettell on track for Hawaii Ironman

1st Nov 2011 by Admin

Working under the motto, “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender”, the Bellbowrie Family’s athletic member, triathlete Clayton Fettell, picked up his third win in four starts with an emphatic wire-to-wire win at Port Macquarie’s Ironman 70.3 title earlier this month. Covering a distance of 70.3 miles (113km), the ironman 70.3 series has become the fastest growing triathlon series in the world

This win in Port Macquarie followed up two recent wins at Woolgoolga and Raby Bay and an impressive fourth place in the Noosa Triathlon in late October. It is also significant as it was a win over a longer distance in preparation for the even longer Busselton Ironman in December, which is his major goal.

Speaking after the Raby race Clayton said: “The first half of this season has been setting up for Busselton, I think I am better suited to iron distance events.”

Busselton in Western Australia hosts the “longer” (140.6 miles/226km) Ironman Triathlon on the 4th December, which comprises a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and the running of a full marathon (42.2km) to finish with. The importance of this event is that it is one of 29 events worldwide that offers chances to qualify for the World Ironman Championships. These championships are held in October each year as part of the famous Hawaiian Ironman in Kona, Hawaii. In the elite category, in which Clayton competes, there will only be 50 people worldwide who will qualify, which makes his Busselton result very important.

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