Man from Oulton Broad conquers Austrian Ironman Challenge

The medal awarded for completing the Ironman Challenge. Photo: Jo Chilvers

The medal awarded for completing the Ironman Challenge. Photo: Jo Chilvers - Credit: Archant

A man celebrated turning 50 by participating in an Ironman Challenge in Austria.

The cycle leg of the triathlon was 180km. Photo: Courtesy of Richard Chilvers

The cycle leg of the triathlon was 180km. Photo: Courtesy of Richard Chilvers - Credit: Archant

Richard Chilvers, from Oulton Broad, decided the milestone warranted doing something different and registered for one of the world's most difficult sporting events: a triathlon featuring a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and finally a marathon on foot.

It was as much a mental challenge as a physical one for Mr Chilvers, who has recently overcome mental health problems.

'I've made physical changes over the past few years, but this challenge was more about proving to myself that I was well again,' said Mr Chilvers, who was supported in Austria on July 1 by his wife and son.

'When I saw the finishing line I got a bit emotional thinking 'wow I've actually done it.'

Mr Chilvers on the home straight. Photo: Courtesy of Richard Chilvers

Mr Chilvers on the home straight. Photo: Courtesy of Richard Chilvers - Credit: Archant


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'I now feel truly healed and I'm looking forward to the rest of my life.'

Mr Chilvers completed the course in 11 hours 51 minutes, smashing his target of 12 hours.

Mr Chilvers completed the course in 11 hours 51 minutes. Photo: Courtesy of Richard Chilvers

Mr Chilvers completed the course in 11 hours 51 minutes. Photo: Courtesy of Richard Chilvers - Credit: Archant

Mr Chilvers celebrates after crossing the finishing line. Photo: Jo Chilvers

Mr Chilvers celebrates after crossing the finishing line. Photo: Jo Chilvers - Credit: Archant

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