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Press Release - Team completes Barcelona Iron Man
Posted on 20/10/2019

Eight Devon & Somerset firefighters have successfully completed the gruelling Barcelona Ironman. The event covers three sporting disciplines, a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a full 26 mile marathon, all to be completed within 15½ hours.

Shaun Bagwell was first back in an amazing time of 11 hrs 21 mins. Shaun explained that, “we chose Barcelona for the event as it’s fairly flat, the sea state is usually good, warm and buoyant and the weather more predictable. On the day conditions were near perfect.”

Matt Meek finished in a time of 12 hrs 25 mins. Matt said: “The day started brilliantly with the sunrise revealing a flat sea. This set us all up for a good time. And our cycles were fast. The roads were smooth, dry and gently undulating, around 3,300 feet of climbing over the whole course.”

Last back was Jon Miller in a very respectable time of 13hrs 33mins. Jon described the marathon: “The run was the hardest part. You start to deplete of energy. And to test your mental resolve, the route goes past the finishing chute four times. You can see and hear others finishing whilst you still have miles and hours to go. But when you do finish, when you can enter, the noise and drama of the chute, it makes the last few yards amazing, exhilarating.”

If you would like to support the fund raising effort, you can donate to Charlotte’s Army, raising funds for brain tumour research and the Yarty Ward in Exeter, raising funds for cancer and leukaemia. Donations can be made through the JustGiving page Shaun Baggy Bagwell. So far the total raised is £2,100. It would be great to get to the target of £2,500.


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