While triathlon continues to gain exposure on UK television screens, sadly we will not be seeing any of the major UK broadcasters delivering coverage of this year’s Ironman Championships live from Hawaii.
The nearest we will get is highlights on Channel 4 the following Sunday (20th October) from 6.10am-6.35am, while major radio coverage is limited to this podcast from BBC 5 live.
But fear ye not – Ironman.com will again be hosting a free live stream here from 5pm UK time (6am local time) on Saturday 12th October, fronted by former Ironman world champ Greg Welch.
While this means that only those viewers with top-spec Internet TVs will be able to watch it on the biggest screen in the house, it also means the action will be available on laptops, tablets and phones – perfect if you are out and about.
If previous coverage is anything to go by, Ironman.com will also likely deliver text-based commentary, photos from the course and an online race tracker.
The male pros are expected to set off this year at 6.30am local time (5.30pm UK time), with the female pros set to start five minutes later, followed by the age-group field at 7am local time.
Defending champion Pete Jacobs is likely to cross the finish line around eight and a half hours later, although coverage will continue until late on Sunday morning as the age-group field rolls in.
As ever, Twitter will be the place to discuss the action in real-time with fellow tri fans, and find out what’s happening if you can’t park yourself in front of a screen for hours on end.
In addition to the main #IMKona hashtag, British and Irish viewers can follow our homegrown heroes on #GBKona, and we will of course be tweeting regularly from the @220Triathlon account…
Let the countdown begin!
Photo: Delly Carr