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An impressive performance from Littledown Masters’ James Gilfillan in the Florida sunshine earlier this month has resulted in the club celebrating its’ first amateur Half Iron Man World Champion.

Finishing the half Iron Man course in a time of 3hrs 54mins, James completed a 1.2 mile swim in 24mins 44secs, a 56 mile bicycle race in 2hrs 6mins followed by a 13 mile run in 1hr 19mins. With 149 athletes competing in his age group (30-34yrs) James was some five minutes ahead of his nearest rival and also emerged as overall fastest from all age groups where a total of 1457 athletes started the course.

A separate event for professional tri-athletes was held at the same time and James, who has a full time job in local government in Poole, would have finished 22nd in that competition. A truly phenomenal performance!