North East Mum Takes On Triathlon In Ironman World Championships In Hawaii

A mum from Newcastle has qualified to take part in the triathlon in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Joanna Shallcross, mum of five will be competing against 2500 people from around the world, on the 13th of October 2018.

Joanna competed against 42 athletes to come first in the 40-44 year-old division.

She completed her qualifying event in 12hours in Ironman Wales, half an hour before the second candidate.

The Newcastle mum has been doing triathlons for 8 years.

Joanna said: “The group of people who I was training with were all training for an Ironman and I thought I would miss out, so I entered an Ironman before I had even done a triathlon.

“In the final stage, when you run out, it is on black tarmac and some people are just lying, with heat exhaustion on the roadside.”

Joanna trains six days a week with her and fiancé coach Alan Woodward. She fits all her training during the day in between her job as a sports coach.

Joanna, owns her own fitness gym ‘The Barn’. She also works with people who have disabilities and supports them when they do the disability triathlon, that she set up.

An Ironman is a triathlon event, which involves a 2.4-mile swim followed by 112 miles on the bike and finally a 26mile run, all without a break. Joanna Shallcross, is hoping to complete this race in 12 hours in the blazing heat.

By Polly Reed and Sabrina Jackland as part of BBC School Report.


  1. What a fantastic report about an amazing Local lady! A very informative well written article. Jo is an amazing coach, sports woman, mum and partner. The work she does for her local community is just amazing! Especially the work she does with children with disabilities and special needs. The best of luck in Hawaii! And a huge thank you to Polly and Sabrina for this super report!

  2. Inspiring article!

  3. Margaret Fretwell

    Fabulous article – very informative.

  4. Margaret Fretwell

    Fabulous article , a very informative piece

  5. Great article girls

  6. Fab article! Great style of reporting.

  7. Excellent article. The authors have definitely captured some of Jo’s spirit and determination.

  8. Excellent article. Covers Jo’s sport for all ethos

  9. Michelle Shallcross

    Excellent interview and professionally presented.

  10. Great article. Such an inspiration. Jo’s work with disabled children is so admirable; it’s fantastic to see the difference it makes to these children And their parents.

  11. Jacqueline Clark

    Fantastic informative article on a very inspiration women loved by many as she not only pushes herself so much to achieve her own goals she inspires so many kids adults alike to do the same no doubt she will smash this challenge.

  12. Patricia Woodward

    Super article. Explains the three disciplines of Triathlon and covers the remarkable achievement of a full time working mum qualifying for Hawaii

  13. Well presented. Good questioning and great subject choice. Well done.

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