Man from Oulton Broad conquers Austrian Ironman Challenge
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A man celebrated turning 50 by participating in an Ironman Challenge in Austria.
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.'
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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.
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