regime change......(not Eygpt)

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12/02/2011 at 18:31

Bye Bye to bad rubbish time to forgive and forget now?

Tri 24-7 wrote:

World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) announces that the Ironman UK and Ironman 70.3 UK events will operate under new leadership. Chris and Ali Boon, who introduced Ironman UK in 2001 and have served as organisers since, will be stepping down as producers of the events. Kevin Stewart has been appointed to Managing Director for Ironman events in the UK and Ireland. Kevin brings more than 20 years of sports marketing experience to his role, focusing the last 10 years on developing the largest multi-sport events in the UK as well as the country's first closed-road cycling event.

“The Ironman brand is established in the UK, but it is time for us to step down and let Kevin steer the course for events,” said Chris Boon. “We have enjoyed every minute of the past decade, making friends along the way and witnessing thousands of finishers cross 17 finish lines. We know the next 10 years will be as thrilling as the last and we look forward to watching from the sidelines! Thank you to staff, captains, marshals and volunteers for making the events possible and thank you to each and every competitor – the athletes are what make the events truly special.”

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to further develop the Ironman brand in the UK at this exciting time in its history,” said Kevin Stewart, managing director for Ironman events in the UK and Ireland. With the introduction of new events in Wales and Ireland, we are expanding the Ironman portfolio. Our team will be working hard to build on the foundations laid to date with a focus on delivering the ultimate event experience for participants and spectators.”

While a new Race Office will open in the near future, enquiries should be directed to or 01865 596266 at this time.
M...eldy    pirate
12/02/2011 at 18:32
Just saw this on FB ......

Deserving of a fair crack of the whip IMO
12/02/2011 at 18:43
M...eldy wrote (see)
Just saw this on FB ......

Deserving of a fair crack of the whip IMO

Deffo the reason i am doing IM Wales is cos it was not run by the IMUK crew
Kanga M    pirate
12/02/2011 at 18:49
The lawyers may be a little less busy from now on .... allegedly ....
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
12/02/2011 at 19:30
"and thank you to each and every competitor" even the ones they sued or banned?

Good fucking riddence, in my opinion the pair of them have done more to wreck the Ironman brand than anyone else.
Edited: 12/02/2011 at 19:31
12/02/2011 at 22:08
New start though Barlos?????
Kanga M    pirate
12/02/2011 at 22:13
C'mon Barley, get off the fence and tell us what you really think
Dustboy    pirate
12/02/2011 at 23:20
If the new guys can placate Barlos, we probably have a classic race! Lurks with interest.
AndrewSmith    pirate
12/02/2011 at 23:30
ridgebackmax wrote (see)
...said Chris Boon. “We have enjoyed every minute of the past decade, making friends...

Still waiting for the dinner invite!

Kanga M    pirate
13/02/2011 at 11:46
AndrewSmith wrote (see)
ridgebackmax wrote (see)
...said Chris Boon. “We have enjoyed every minute of the past decade, making friends...

Still waiting for the dinner invite!

Perhaps they make they out of Plasticine, Wallace & Grommit style ? Wouldn't whinge as much as the rest of you then
cougie    pirate
13/02/2011 at 11:52
Interesting - Kevin stewart has run the Liverpool tri in the past - Ironman Liverpool ?
Kanga M    pirate
13/02/2011 at 15:41
IM Scouse ? Just imagine, 2000 bikes sitting on bricks ...
cougie    pirate
13/02/2011 at 20:31
Lol !

I did hear that there were bikes nicked from transition in Monaco - how unlikely was that !
14/02/2011 at 11:05
and UK 70.3 had some nicked a few years ago - Spen Smith's being one if I recall??

I don't think it's so much the Boon's standing down as being kicked into the long grass as WTC took the franchise back last year as they intend to manage events directly rather than via franchisees.
14/02/2011 at 11:14

Kevin was at TCR this weekend just gone- WTC are starting/ramping up an Olympic length world championship a la IM and 70.3.  IIRC the Liverpool tri this year is a qualifier for the 'world championships'... ah here's the blurb

Liverpool Triathlon joins World Elite

Liverpool Triathlon joins the prestigious worldwide 5i50 triathlon series.

Liverpool Triathlon has joined the 5i50, a new and prestigious world Triathlon series supported by  WTC, owners of the IRONMAN brand.  The City joins Miami, Frankfurt, Zurich, Las Vegas and New York as an official host city in 2011. The race will act as a qualifier for the world’s richest triathlon -  the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa - which will be the 5i50 series Championship event and will be held in September.

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