Mark Bedford, Schools Finance Officer and Management Accountant for Peterborough Diocese – and ultra athlete, has completed the London’s Ultra Duathlon.
Not a half Duathon, of 32 kilometers, or even just the ordinary Duathlon, about 57 kilometers; Mark was up for the iron man style challenge of 107 kilometers.
According to the official website for the Ultra Duathlon, “It’s a real test of any athlete. The 20km run / 77km bike / 10km run challenge is one of the few opportunities to race at these distances in the UK.” They go on to say that you need to be an experienced competitor who “fancies a serious challenge”.
The Duathlon was over mixed surfaces and up and down, what they call “undulating terrain”. It was a real physical challenge and only for the brave.
Mark said, “It was a tough race running and biking 66 odd miles but the main thing was I completed it in one piece.”
He suffered no ill effects from his ordeal, other than saying his legs “were in bits… but it was definitely worth the pain.”
He was pleased with the amount of support he was was able to raise for Macmillan nurses.
Mark said that, with the help of the office, “friends and family by putting me through the pain barrier, we managed collectively raising £1,193 + gift aid £248.50 total £1,441.50. Thank you everyone for your generosity and supporting Macmillan Nurses.”