Teacher at King’s Ely conquers Ironman Wales challenge

Thursday 14 September 2017

A teacher at King’s Ely successfully completed one of the toughest Ironman Triathlon endurance events in the world.

Nadia Baker, who teaches Mathematics at King’s Ely Senior, took on the Ironman Wales on Sunday 10 September. The gruelling challenge saw around 2,000 athletes battling it out in the seaside town of Tenby to conquer the ultimate physical challenge – a 2.4 mile sea swim, a 112 mile hilly cycle ride and a 26.2 mile hilly marathon run – all in under 17 hours.

Nadia, who lives in Sutton with her beloved Golden Retriever Milo, came 85th out of the 201 women who entered the challenge, after finishing in 14 hours, 53 minutes and 57 seconds.

Nadia, who trains with local triathlon group, Ely Tri Club, said: “The day was truly epic and I enjoyed every second. There were crowds like I’ve never seen before throughout the entire course shouting my name and encouraging me every step of the way. Running along the red carpet through the finishing chute to hear the words ‘Nadia Baker you are an ironman’ amongst the roaring crowds was a moment I’ll never forget.”

Nadia not only took part to put her stamina to the test but to also raise funds for Beat, the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders. To sponsor her, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nadia-baker.

The Ironman Wales is also being televised on Saturday 23 September on Channel 4 at 6.00am and Channel 4 +1 at 7.00am.

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