AVRs Paul Johns tackles a Quintuple ultratriathlon

PUBLISHED: 18:23 06 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 08 June 2018

AVRs Paul Johns, seen here during his attempt at the ‘Quintuple Ultratriathlon ‘, together with some of his support crew.

AVRs Paul Johns, seen here during his attempt at the ‘Quintuple Ultratriathlon ‘, together with some of his support crew.


AVR member Paul Johns took on an extraordinary challenge to complete no fewer than 10 ironman distances in 10 days, writes Dave Mutter.

Known as the ‘Quintuple Ultratriathlon ‘ the event consists of a 19km (12 mile) swim, a 900km (560 mile) bike ride and a 211 km (131 mile) run.

The whole thing began on the penultimate Wednesday of May (the 23rd) and finished on the first day of June.

Unfortunately, due to ankle issues early on in the challenge it was decided to dropdown to five ironman distances broke up into two full and six halfs to manage the challenge.

An early morning sea swim along the coastline of Seaton Bay at 6am started the triathlon.

This led into five bike laps that took in the delights of the East Devon countryside before pushing through to complete the run.

The sea swim was fairly calm apart from two choppy days and the thunderous threatened weather didn’t materialise throughout the bike and run which could have made the challenge even more demanding.

Paul gives a special thank you to his support crew who on occasions lost where he was, but without them this challenge would have been a nonstarter and for those who came out on various parts of the route to encourage and experience some of the challenge. Paul now questions what is next for him?

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