Great post, really really interesting to read about it. When I saw the thread tittle id already imagined the contents would be asking the question, 'which was the first UK iron distance', and was almost ready to come in and suggest The Longest Day.
Little did I know UK long distance went back to the early 1980's.
Id be interested in more information. I wonder what became of the lifeguards, those that raced? Have they gone on to other long distance event, even Ironman?