Mrs Hotwire and Planchita join Team Steam as countdown to Hastings Half Marathon begins
With five days to go, Team Steam is gearing up for the Hastings Half Marathon Extreme Ironing Challenge. Two more red-hot competitors are confirmed as part of the team: London-based Planchita (left) and Manchester-based Mrs Hotwire (right).
Both ironists are new to the sport, but are not content to be also-rans and add an interesting dimension to the field, that includes extreme ironing stalwarts Steam, Hotwire, Fe, Flex and Ultraglide. Ex army officer WaterTank and novice ironist Mrs Steam complete the competitor line up.
The event is the first of its kind, combining ironing garments with hot irons, supplied by Philips, with running a half marathon. The overall winner is the ironist who completes the course in the fastest time, with minutes deducted for high quality ironing and ‘extreme style’. The nature of the event creates a tactical dilemma: to spend time getting the perfect press or to finish ironing as quickly as possible and return to the race.
As an entirely new discipline, there is only one thing the competitors that complete the event can count on: a personal best!
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