‘IronGran’: The 78-year-old triathlete can’t stop at all

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Nicknamed “IronGran”, Brocklesby is the oldest British woman to complete IRONMAN: the world’s toughest triathlon challenge, including 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling and 26.2 miles of full marathon.

She said that ideally, it would be in Lanzarote, which has always been Brockelsby’s favorite training location.

“The water is crystal clear… the bike route just takes you through all the beautiful places on the island. Running is always fun. You will pass the bar late at night, you know, it’s another round of running and…every time Every time I passed by, the disc jockey would play “Don’t stop me now”,” she added.

Edwina Brocklesby and Serpentine Golden Girls at the 2019 RAAM (Image source: Paul Allsop)

It’s not that Brocklesby has any intention to stop it. Far from it-she just signed up for the 2023 National Competition (RAAM).

RAAM is one of the longest annual endurance events in the world. Participants have 9 days to ride from the west coast of the United States to the east coast of the United States, or about 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers).

As they did in 2013 and 2019, Broxby will become one of the four snake-shaped “golden girls” to participate in the women’s relay team, with an average age of 70.

“I will increase the average age of the team,” Brocksby joked. “My friend pointed out that what shocked me was that I was 80 years old and the oldest woman who had ever done RAAM.”

Late bloomers

It is worth noting that Brocksby did not participate in any sports until he was 50 years old. But she has always liked challenges, she said-like running her first half marathon at the age of 52.

“I remember my husband and I went to see a friend participate in the Nottingham Marathon near the university,” she recalled when she lived in Northampton a few years ago.

Brocklesby participated in the 2017 Cozumel Triathlon (Source: FinisherPix.com)

“I went back to my husband and said,’You know, I would love to participate in the half marathon.’ He said,’You can’t even go three miles to Northampton!’ “I thought,’Yes, I can! It is the challenge that keeps me going. “

After several marathons—and several injuries—Brocks became more aware of the benefits of running; not only the physical, but also the social and spiritual benefits.

In her book, Ironran: How staying healthy taught me to grow old does not mean slowing down. Brocklesby said her running friend helped her solve the problem of her husband’s early death.

“I must learn to swim”

By the age of 60, Brocklesby believed that learning to swim also had a therapeutic effect.

“At school, I only swam for a short while, but I never swam the entire pool. So I took a lesson and started swimming! It was actually the first time I swam the entire length,” she said.

However, swimming is still Brocklesby’s biggest challenge. Of the three events that make up the triathlon, road bikes are her favorite.

Although, as she admits in her book, there are some early problems when climbing steep slopes.

She wrote about the Surrey Peak: “I remember the awkwardness of having to take my new Giant bike to the last corner of Box Hill’s zigzag.” “I’m not used to road bikes, on steep slopes. It’s really struggling.”

Silverfit Pilates in Hyde Park, London (Photo credit: Susanne Hakuba)

Brocklesby’s pursuit of athletic development also inspired her to try to convince others that age is just a number.

“It’s an honor to know that you are capable. That’s why I let Silverfit go,” Brockelsby revealed.

Silverfit is a charity in London that promotes healthier aging through sports activities and social connections. “People meet, sometimes eat snacks, and then they do activities,” Broxby said.

Silverfit now runs activities in 17 different venues in London and offers 46 different courses, including Pilates, Nordic Walking, Walking Football, Bollywood Fitness and Silver Cheerleading.

“We started in Hyde Park, and then quickly moved to Burgess Park,” Brocksby said, referring to several green spaces in London.

She added that she has been trying to launch new activities in areas where the economy is scarce and diversified, “in fact, you can bring greater changes to the population there.”

Her participation in charity projects has won her various awards, such as the Sports Pride Award and the British Empire Medal (BEM) for the health and well-being of the elderly.

Brocklesby attends the 2019 Sports Pride Awards in London.

Brush with the royal family

Two years ago, Broxby was invited to participate in the National Council of Volunteer Organizations (NCVO) Centennial Celebration hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.

“I didn’t expect at all that I would actually see our queen,” Broxby revealed.

“We assembled in a hall inside the historic Windsor Castle. We were greeted there by champagne and the most incredible snacks. From that room, there was a long line, passing through an open arch into another hall.

“Only when I joined the queue and slowly moved up to a few feet away from the door did I realize that the queen was on the other side, greeting each guest separately.

“I passed, and her servant announced,’Dr. Brocklesby, Silverfit.’ “It’s so cute,” she said, holding my hand, and I curtseyed in front of her.”

Royalties aside, Brocksby’s life is now devoted to sharing more popular information.

“You like getting old. You are encouraging others to start becoming more active and having fun. It’s never too late. I think it’s very important to make the experience interesting.”


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