Three members of the same family complete Ironman triathlon

Three members of the same family are taking a well-earned rest after completing a gruelling Ironman triathlon.

Alan Wilton, 59, from Hoxne, near Diss, his son Barry Wilton, also of Hoxne, and son-in-law Mark Payne, of Brockdish, took part in the event in Bolton on Sunday, July 22.

The three have been competing in triathlons for the last two years and are members of the Tri-Anglia club, but this was their first Ironman event.

The triathlon, which involved more than 1,500 athletes, involved a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, followed by a 26.2 mile marathon run.

Mr Wilton said they had been training for a year to complete the challenge and they were thrilled just to get to the finishing line.

Barry finished the course in just under 11 hours, whilst Alan and Mark completed it in 16 hours.

Alan said: 'I have had lots of injuries this year with my calf muscles and shin splints and I knew I could not run, so I decided to walk the marathon. It was get fun because I was wearing a t-shirt that said 'maximum speed four miles per hour' and because the marathon course was a lot of loops, I got to know the crowd.'

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Mr Wilton said he was looking forward to putting his feet up following a rigorous training regime for the Ironman triathlon, but he hoped to compete in other events in the near future.

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