Seven members of the Round Table No 1 East London fulfilled their promise of taking on the gruelling Ironman 70.3 in East London on Sunday.
The GO reported ( “Tablers step up to challenge”, January 24) that Ryan Baisley, Ntobeko Nzuza, Daryan Rowe, Bazil Frewen, Warren Biagara, Jethro Penny and Ruan Jordaan had braved the challenge in honour of Ubuko Mpotulo who was diagnosed with meningococcal septicemia.
The lining of Mpotulo had to undergo lower limbs and finger amputations at the age of three, after blood vessels were damaged and obstructed his arteries, cutting off his blood supply. This resulted in a Bilateral lower limb and finger amputation at the age of 3.
Bailsey said four of the seven athletes were first-timers at the Ironman challenge.
“From the swim in the roughest conditions we’ve ever experienced, to headwind cycle course that forced us to pedal downhill, with the sun coming out as we were hitting the 21km run, it made things tough,” he said.
The Round Table members completed the challenge in the following times:
Jordaan 07.35.37, Baisley – 07.35.48, Nzuza – 07.30.56, Rowe – 07.30.38, Frewen – 07.05.08, Bigara – 07.13.29 and Penny – 07.30.59.