STRATFORD athlete Paul Nash concluded a mammoth Ironman 70.3 season racing by competing at Turkey Ironman 70.3 in Belek.
The race – a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run – took place in a windy 31 degrees and the Do3 member finished the race in 6:31.
Nash has competed at five middle distance events across Europe in 2017, including as an age group competitor at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, USA, in September. His efforts have also helped to raise £1,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Nash said: “The swim was a brutal non-wetsuit sea swim in the warm but choppy Mediterranean, before transitioning to a flat and fast bike course which saw a personal best for my bike split.
“The temperature during the run sapped your drive as you finished along a road with limited shade from the soaring heat.
“After a year racing with either mechanical or weather-related challenges, it was nice to finish on a high both in terms of the racing and from the charity perspective too. Roll on 2018 for more challenges in the next age category!”
Other Do3 members including Stephanie Cox and Ian Dickens took part in the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon, with Tasha Chandler posting an impressive 3:58:18 time.
Dave Knight, head coach of Warwickshire’s Do3 squad, said: “This is another great achievement for Paul and, while many of the squad are resting and getting ready to start training for 2018, Paul continues to race with the objective of raising money for charity.
“He’s a great example of hard work and tenacity – skills that are required from triathletes.”
Elsewhere in 2017, Do3 triathlete Eloise du Luart turned professional and Corinne Moss and Seanin McPherson raced at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam.