Top 10 Finish for Natasha at Ironman World Championships

Less than a year after her first triathlon, Henley athlete Natasha Harris-White took on athletes from around the world this weekend in Finland in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and took 9th place in her age category (25-29) last Saturday.

Natasha moved from rowing to triathlon after 10 years in the sport.  She previously rowed for Leander Club winning Henley Royal Regatta in a Quad in 2021 and represented GB. She qualified for the World Championships after winning the female 25-29 age category in her first Ironman 70.3 event in Aix-en-Provence in France in May.

The exacting course started with a 1.9 km swim in Lake Vesijärvi, followed by a scenic 90 km bike stage and a tough half marathon run around Lahti. Natasha was thrilled to get a top ten finish in her first World Championships, especially as many of her competitors were experienced triathletes, and feels that she has learnt a lot from this competition that will help her progress further next year.

Natasha said afterwards, “I was very happy with my 9th place. The course was great, especially the non-technical bike course and loved racing in the new Henley-on-Thames (HOT) triathlon kit!”  Going into the race I had been struggling with fatigue since my last race and hadn’t managed many ‘normal’ runs.  The running is usually by far my strongest discipline so I am especially happy to still finish in the top 10 despite my run legs not turning up!”

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