James Hamill's Ironman Challenge


James Hamill crosses the line

Local Dentist James Hamill, son of Rotarian David Hamill has succeeded in his recent Ironman Challenge crossing the finish line in 13 hours 42 minutes. Raising over £4,000 for Rotary Charities James travelled to Bolton near Manchester to compete in the UK event.

At 6.00 a.m. on Sunday 19th July James took to the water at Pennington Flash Lake to begin his 2.4 mile swim. Weather conditions proved wet and windy which didn't ease during the 112 mile cycle which began on a two-loop journey from Pennington Flash and onto the breathtaking Lancashire countryside including the infamous Sheep House Lane climb where spectators got the opportunity to get up close and personal with athletes in true Tour de France style. This, according to James, proved a great boost to morale and kept the legs moving and the wheels turning.

The final stage, a marathon run began at the Macron Stadium and headed into Bolton town centre where crowds provided a real carnival atmosphere lining the 26.4 mile route before the finish line at Victoria Square.

Rotarians from Rotary Clubs in Bolton and the surrounding district were assisting the Ironman UK team and certainly made their mark on this world class event. James's father and wife Irene helped out at one of the feed stations distributing water, energy drinks and gels as the athletes passed on their triple loop of the route completing 140 miles of back to back endurance.

Congratulations and well done James!

James at a water point Irene distributing water