Wisbech’s Ironman: Matt gears up for ‘toughest test’ triathlon

FUND-RAISER Matt Warren is out to prove he is Wisbech’s Ironman.

The 33-year-old is ready to test his mettle by taking on the Outlaw Ironman Challenge in Nottingham - thought to be one of the toughest one-day endurance events in the world.

He must conquer a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle and a 25.2-mile run... all in under 17 hours.

Matt said: “I have run marathons before but this is a completely different challenge.

“It is going to be really tough and I’ve been training hard over the last year in preparation, doing between 14-18 hours per week.

“I’ve never done it before but I’m hoping to finish it in 12-13 hours.”

Matt is taking on the challenge to raise money for Help for Heroes.

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He said: “While looking at videos on YouTube of what an Ironman was all about there was a guy who had lost both his legs during the Iraq war but still managed to complete the event.

“I just thought if he can do it and give something back why can’t someone who is able bodied do the same.

“I also feel quite strongly that we hear a lot of things about people who get injuries while serving for their countries - injuries that are life changing.

“But we don’t see how important the money raised by the charity is for both them and their families.

“They help them continue living the same life that all of us are so lucky to have.”

The challenge takes place on July 1 and starts at 6am at Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.

Matt will be one of 1,050 entrants and will swim across the Regatta Lake before climbing onto his bicycle for 112 miles.

The cycle route will take him back to the Watersports Centre where he will begin his run.

The final 25.2-mile slog will take Matt along the River Trent path to Trent Bridge, County Hall and, eventually, the finish line.

Matt said: “My family all think I am completely mad... and I now sort of agree with them!”

• To sponsor Matt visit: www.bmycharity.com/MattWarren