Joe provides true inspiration for Grice

Eastbourne triathlete Yvette Grice narrowly missed out on defending her Ironman UK Championship title last weekend.

With a strong international field assembled in Bolton for the 2.4mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run, Grice set a new personal best of nine hours and 37 minutes around one of the toughest courses on the circuit.

Her strong third place finish was 24 minutes faster than last year’s time when she took the title.

Grice said, “I didn’t feel my best on the run and I know I still have many areas to work on but I am really happy to improve my time by such a margin.”

This year Grice was inspired by Eastbourne’s Joe Townsend. Joe was seriously injured three years ago while serving for the Royal Marines, which resulted in him losing both his legs. He took part with other members of Team True Spirit to raise funds for charity. Joe completed in a time of 12 hours 56minutes.

Grice added, “Joe is a true hero and a complete inspiration. I cannot congratulate him enough.”

Yvette will return to training before racing over the Ironman distance at the Inaugural Challenge Henley race in September.