World Champion local Ultra Ironman takes out Hervey Bay Ultra555 event

Richard and his 2 year old son Rupert at the finish line

Sunshine Coast based world champion Ultra Ironman Richard Thompson has backed up his 2021 victory by taking out the gruelling three day Ultra355 triathlon in Hervey Bay last weekend.

The three day endurance event is the second event to be held in Australia this year and is part of an international series which is the stepping stone from Iron distance events to Ultraman distance events which includes a 5km swim, 300km bike ride and a 50km run.

Richard said he was thrilled to win the event and was well placed to compete in Hawaii later this year and Noosa in May 2023.

World Champion Ultra Ironman Richard Thompson

“I’m really pleased to win this event, I was worried about the run as I have struggled with a calf injury so my preparation wasn’t ideal but it was great to get the job done and it was made even better by having my three young boys there to join me,” he said.

Richard said he was pleased with his swim and cycle legs with the conditions in Hervey Bay proving to be ideal conditions for the event.

“The Hervey Bay course is excellent, I know the other athletes love coming here and from a personal point of view it was great to back up my win last year. It’s now time to rest, review my performance with my team and then start planning for the World Championship in Hawaii in November this year.

“I’ve got a really exciting year ahead and we have some ambitious plans which we will reveal soon with what we want to achieve as a team so it’s critical that we turn our attention to Hawaii as the next leg of that journey,” Richard said.



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