Belinda Harper has without a doubt made the jump from very good age grouper to pro athlete. In 2010 Belinda won the AG title in Kona as first amateur female across the line in the fastest female age group time in history (9:44:19). This was Belinda’s second Ironman after winning her first one in Taupo NZ in March.
In Janurary, Belinda made her debut as a professional at Challenge Wanaka where she had a handy lead at 150k on the bike before a front tyre blow out and crash smoothered her chances of victory. Belinda then backed it up with a 5th place 9:40:34 in Taupo a number of weeks later.
I would say the rest of the year to date has been mentally challenging for Belinda, but she came out trumps yesterday in Roth with a 4th place overall female and missing the magical sub9 mark by 5 minutes. Second out of the water trailing Chrissie by 11 seconds, then had a 4:55 bike and a 3:20 run. A huge result and one that I am super proud of the Super Bee! That’s also a 35′ personal best.
Another huge result that I am immensely proud of is TS athlete Kirsten Gorman. The ‘Gorminator’ had a 7 minute Iron distance personal best and a 13 minute run PB in Roth yesterday and finished with an 11:11. Kirsten will be hitting those 10 digits in the very near future. Once again sensational work.
Spectators on Solarberg Hill… Yes you ride through that and an experience of a lifetime.