’10IronWomen’ Breaking Down Barriers of Long Distance Triathlon
When you think of Ironman competitions, what do you think of? Most likely a sea of men, grunting and dubious stretching. You’re not the only one.
When Sarah and Row first decided they wanted to give the sport a go, they struggled to see themselves fitting into that image. They talked it over with their friends, some of them ran with a bit of cycling, others swam but hadn’t been near a bike. No one person had done it all, but together they had the skills and now the support to learn together. They became the 10Ironwomen.
Years on, multiple Ironman competitions and Triathlons under their belt, the response from the community has been overwhelmingly supportive, the 10Ironwomen have grown to way more then 10. What started as small idea between friends has developed into a much bigger movement with ambitious plans for the future.
Friction Collective followed the group in the lead up to to Castle to Coast “Middle distance” Triathlon, a very apt event in many ways. Castle to coast does not pitch itself as a competitive triathalon, with many of the normal rules surrounding competing with friends or getting to checkpoints in certain times. This has resulted in a much more inclusive event aiming to encourage people to participate who might not normally. But don’t be fooled, this is no walk in the park, the cycle is 66 Miles with 3300 feet of elevation and there is a fair bit more of that in the run as well.
Dealing with fears of being an outsider due to race or gender identity, or contending with the idea of failure. In this documentary we get into the heads of a select few of the group, learn about their different motivations and struggles, physical and mental. Get an insight into what it takes to go from casual sports participant to ultra triathlete. And see how not every event goes as planned…
In the words of Pilvi “It is about Breaking down barriers you have in your mind, of what you can or cannot do”.
Directed & Edited by: Josh Williams
Camera operators: Jack Davies & Charlie Bush
Producer: Sophie Charrington
Colour and Artwork by: Fin Davies
Production Assistant: Barnaby James
Additional footage: Epic Action Imagery