A STRATFORD Triathlon Club quartet were in action in stifling heat at the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire.
Starting at Chase Water at 7am, the pros left to leave the age groupers to follow in their wake, including Stratford’s four.
The cool water was very welcome even at this time of the morning as the temperature was only going to rise.
Out of the water and through what seemed a very long transition was followed by a ride through the rolling Staffordshire countryside, taking in some breathtaking scenery over Blithfield Reservoir before hitting a hill at 50 miles through Cannock Chase, which knocked the average pace down a little.
Into the second transition at the stunning national trust property of Shugborough Hall, triathletes entered possibly the hardest half marathon they had ever run which was three loops of an extremely well supported course.
Each loop had one major hill climb which would have been fine in normal June temperatures but, in 30 degrees heat, it was seriously hard work.
Stratford times: Peter Wharton 5:50.20 (hrs/mins/secs); Paul Nash 7:12.14; Clive Shepherd 8:10.57; Richard Eden 8:16.50.