Irishman wins 10-day gruelling Ironman event
Published 13/06/2011 | 08:25
A Mullingar man has won the first ever Deca Ironman event in Hampshire, England.
Gerry Duffy (43) was one of 20 competitors who took place in the event, which involved completing a 2.5 mile swim, 116 mile cycle ride and running a full marathon, every day for 10 days.
Duffy won with an accumulated lead of 19 hours over his nearest challenger. Only three participants managed to finish the race and Duffy said today that his only objective on starting was to get to the end.
Last year, Duffy, a personal trainer, and his friend Ken Whitelaw, ran 32 marathons in 32 days around Ireland and raised €500,000 for Irish Autism Action and the Irish Cancer Society.
He began running after looking at a picture of himself with his hero the late Seve Balesteros. He was four stone overweight and he was a heavy smoker in 1995 when he began running to lose weight.
His book He Who Dares, Runs, published by Ballpoint Press is in bookshops now, with all proceeds going to autism charities