Gordon’s taking the World Championships in his stride

BTH’s Gordon Richmond will be (literally) packing up his pedals and heading over to Lahti in Finland later this month, for the World Half Ironman Triathlon Championships on 27 August.

Gordon who works as a cardiac physiologist, has been with the Trust for 14 years. Whilst he has several Ironman and half Ironman events already under his belt, naturally he’s delighted to have secured a place in the World Championships.  He achieved this by qualifying in the Half Ironman event at Nice on 25th June this year but he’s something of a veteran, having been doing triathlons since 2015.

A member of Bolton-based PeakXV Tri club, Gordon’s training schedule currently includes 2 swims, 2 runs and 2 cycles to keep in top condition for the event, a regime taking up about 12 hours per week.  In Finland the cycling element will be on hilly terrain which is another challenge to factor in as he aims for a PB.  Flying to Finland involves dismantling his preferred bike – one of five – so that it can be taken as luggage, but aside from that he’s looking forward to the trip to Scandinavia. Gordon’s partner Hayley and family are going along to cheer him on and the organisers have arranged an “IronKids” mini event which may inspire daughters Annabel and Charlotte to follow in their dad’s footsteps.

Just a week after competing at Lahti, Gordon will be back on the road taking part in Ironman Wales. Luckily, Gordon doesn’t mind the lack of downtime. He says “I find the training is great for helping to de-stress and enjoying the peace and scenery, it’s so good for helping with work/life balance”.

We wish Gordon all the best for his triathlon ambitions – good luck from everyone at the Trust!


Photo of a man standing in the grounds of Victoria Hospital

Gordon Richmond

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