The Iron Couple
Known affectionately as The Iron Couple, Stephen and Bella Bayliss are Britain’s most successful Ironman couple with Bella holding no less than 16 Ironman titles and Stephen holding four.
Growing up in Aberdeenshire, Bella Comerford was obsessed with sport from an early age and having discovered her aptitude for, and love of triathlon, Bella won Ironman Florida five times and Embrunman twice.
Meanwhile, at almost the other end of the country in Croydon, Stephen Bayliss was also a sports addict and equally obsessed with the discipline of triathlon, notching up an impressive record of national triathlon and cycling results.
Stephen and Bella met at the World ITU Championships in Sweden in 2004 and together with their coach Brett Sutton, toured the world, competing and training and picking up Ironman titles and podium places as they went.
The couple married in Perth, Scotland in 2008, a move which was clearly beneficial to them both as Stephen went on to win his first Ironman title, swiftly followed by a second a few months later and Bella notched up another 8 Ironman titles.
In 2011 Bella gave birth to Charlie who is frequently to be seen accompanying Mum and Dad’s training regime in his pushchair. Based in Sands Beach Resort, Lanzarote, the Iron Couple and Charlie are familiar figures around the resort of Costa Teguise where they continue to train hard and strive to add more Ironman titles to their family trophy cabinet.