Vectos' Stan Gruncell Qualifies for 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa
Congratulations to one of our highways engineers Stan Gruncell for qualifying for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa in September next year.
Last Sunday he competed in the IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth as a qualifier for the World Championships and was placed sixth in his age group.
Stan said he entered the race with high hopes and in prime fitness, but was not expecting to qualify after a few setbacks.
"The initial stage was the swim which was very choppy; I got disorientated a number of times in the swell between the buoys and lost about eight minutes. However, I learnt afterwards that a lot of competitors didn't complete the stage due to the conditions, so I was still on track," he said.
"After a crash about 1 km into the ride stage, travelling at 40 km/h, I was upside down in a bramble bush with a damaged bike and injuries, so at this point I had resigned myself to the fact that I would not qualify. I decided to enjoy the race and the beautiful Dorset scenery instead of struggling on in disappointment.
"After I pushed through the initial pain of my injuries in the run stage I saw some friendly faces in the crowd, which boosted my spirits and pushed me to pick up the pace. I crossed the line in 4 hours, 39 minutes and 51 seconds – enough to get me through!
"My ultimate goal since I starting racing in triathlons has been to make it to World Championship level so I'm pretty ecstatic that I've secured my spot.
The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event expects to attract more than 6,000 athletes from over 100 global qualifying events in locations such as Australia, China, Spain, South Africa, the Americas and of course the United Kingdom.
Follow this link to read Stan's personal recount of the event.