Working honeymoon: Adam Bowden to race Ironman UK just two weeks after wedding

Photo: Courtesy Adam Bowden

Great Britain’s Adam Bowden must have a very understanding wife – after getting married two weeks ago, instead of spending time together on a honeymoon, the family will all be in Bolton as he races at Ironman UK.

“After getting married just two weeks ago I should be on honeymoon, but I have a very understanding wife who has encouraged me to race in Bolton this weekend,” Bowden says. “It’s going to be a special event, as it’s not only local, but will be the first time since the pandemic started that I’ll have support there with my wife and stepsons coming to cheer me on. The last time my family were at one of my races was the World Champs in Nice 2019.”

A former draft-legal star, Bowden turned to longer distances in 2018, winning Challenge Roma in his first half-distance race and taking seventh at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship that year as well. He competed in his first full-distance race at the Ironman North American Championship in Tulsa, but a mechanical issue on the bike put him out of contention for a Kona qualifying spot – he ended up 16th in the race.

“I learnt loads from my first experience in North America around my pacing and nutrition, something I’m looking to put into practice in Bolton,” he says. “I’m feeling really strong and coming into the race with the added high from our wedding a couple of weeks ago – I’m hoping for a great result.”

Photo: Courtesy Adam Bowden