A FORMER Uttoxeter pupil is preparing to put her body to the ultimate test as she jets off to sunny Hawaii.
Naomi Warr, of Hamstall Ridware, has already proved she is made of tougher stuff than most after competing in the UK Ironman triathlon in Bolton last weekend and now she is preparing to do it all over again.
The 35-year-old has now achieved her dream of qualifying for the World Championships and will head off to Hawaii to compete against stiff competition from across the globe on October 12.
Mrs Warr, a former Thomas Alleyne’s High School and Oldfields Hall Middle School pupil, will have to complete a 2.4km swim in open water, followed by a 112 mile bike leg and to finish a 26.2 mile run.
However, she has already completed the Bolton course, which is known to be tough especially on the bike course with three loops of the challenging terrain of the west Pennine Moors to contend with.
While taking part in the epic challenge, Mrs Warr was aiming for an improvement on her personnel best time on the same course, a top ten ladies finisher spot and a qualification for the world championships in Kona, Hawaii, later on in the year.
Of the 50 qualification slots, there are only 11 allocated to the female finishers and only two slots available in Mrs Warr’s age group of 35 to 39.
Needless to say her performance got her one of the sought-after slots.
She achieved 147th place overall out of a total of 1,355 male and female finishers, eighth overall woman, of which the first four were professionals, and second in her age group.
Mrs Warr, originally from Popinjay Farm, in Stafford Road, completed the challenge in a time of 11 hours and three minutes, finishing the swim in 1:06:08, the bike ride in 5:53:51 and run in 3:49:59.
This was 32 minutes faster than the previous year, most of which was achieved on the bike leg with a 23 minute improvement, bagging the fifth fastest lady overall on the bike including professionals.
Mrs Warr told The Advertiser: “After enjoying some rest I will be gearing up for the final in Kona.
“I am looking forward to representing Great Britain in October with the help of my coach Mark White (Ironman triathlete and Kona qualifier), my sponsor Bike Science of Derby and, of course, my very supportive husband, family, fellow club members of Derby Triathlon Club and friends.”