Daniel Alldis buoyed by half-ironman debut

Daniel Alldis
Alldis is a member of the Tri UK triathlon squad

Norfolk triathlete Daniel Alldis says he has taken confidence from his first attempt at the half-Ironman distance.

Alldis, 20, was the youngest UK participant at the Ironman 70.3 event in Antwerp on Sunday, where he finished 40th in the under-30 age group.

The Diss competitor told BBC Radio Norfolk: "There was lots to take away from it.

"I was around half-way up my age group which is promising. I am now thinking ahead to next year."

Alldis clocked a time of six hours, 27 minutes and 41 seconds, while local favourite Bart Aernouts won the senior male class with a time of 3:45:37.

Despite having trained for the past 10 months in order to attempt the 70.3 mile distance Alldis, who has been competing in regular triathlons since 2008, found the course a tough test.

"I suffered a lot on the bike leg," he explained.

"Cramp and huge head-winds of up to 35mph really hit me hard, but I had a fairly good swim and run which I was happy with.

He added: "I would do it again yes. I'd train harder, push harder and expect more from myself, but I am extremely pleased with my first event considering the conditions."

The race was overshadowed by the death of Belgian competitor Arthur Aghajanyan who suffered a head trauma following a crash on the cycling stage.