Bramley Article July 2023

Smashing the Klagenfurt Ironman

Southwell Running Club members are renowned for wanting to take on big challenges so when Katherine Hall and Lauren Birkbeck decided to sign up for the Ironman Kärnten-Klagenfurt they knew that they were in for a long haul with their training. Preparation for these types of events takes months of dedication and hard work, with the event itself being the victory lap. Katherine and Lauren both smashed it, achieving finish times of 13:55:44 and 14:53:49 respectively. Known as one of the most beautiful races in Austria, the legendary triathlon begins with a 2.4 mile breathtaking swim in Wörthersee Lake, followed by 112 miles of cycling on closed roads through the rolling hills of the Kärnten region in Carinthia, and finishes with a 26.2 mile run along the shores of Wörthersee Lake finishing in the heart of Klagenfurt City where each competitor is announced as an ironman as they cross the line. These two really are Southwell’s Ironwomen!

In other club news, several members braved the heat to take part in the second Notts AAA Summer League Race at Wollaton Park. All achieved commendable times despite the high temperatures with Steven Rice coming home first for the SRC men and Katie Simpson first for the women.

The club continues to meet throughout the summer months with many enjoyable training sessions taking place on a Tuesday evening – come along and join us, we are a very friendly bunch.


Ruby Runner for Southwell Running Club