Grant is true Ironman

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

Last Saturday was the culmination of months of training in running, swimming and cycling for Honiton Running Club member Grant Boyd as he took on the ultimate challenge in sport by competing in the Iron Man Triathlon at Sherborne in Dorset.

Last Saturday was the culmination of months of training in running, swimming and cycling for Honiton Running Club member Grant Boyd as he took on the ultimate challenge in sport by competing in the Iron Man Triathlon at Sherborne in Dorset. Grant has a history of taking on the difficult events and has completed the Tough Guy race in Staffordshire for the last several years as well as doing several Grizzly runs and has even done a few sissy road races. The gruelling event consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, followed immediately by a 111.7 mile cycle with a total elevation of 2070 metres then a full 26 mile 385 yards Marathon. In his own words Grant says:"I don't know where to start really. I did manage to finish but a good deal later than I expected. The race was delayed by half and hour starting at about 06.30am but was still dark when we got into the water. Even in a wet suit the lake was freezing. "In the transition area after the swim there were lots of people being looked after by medics with space blankets around them. My bike leg started in disaster as before I'd completed 2 miles I got a puncture on my rear tyre. After this I made steady progress until an emergency loo break which cost me another 10 minutes. The course was 3 laps of around 37 miles each. It seemed every direction I cycled in was into the wind. Then the marathon started. I don't know what was more demoralising, the constant loo stops due to an upset stomach or hearing the commentator anouncing that people were "Ironmen" as they crossed the finish line and I still had more laps of the course to do! "After lots of walking, undressing and dressing I crossed the finish line with the day as dark as when I'd started, hearing the commentator finally declare that I was an "Ironman" too. Including transition times my swim leg took 1.29.01, my bike leg 7.40.30 and my run 5.20.08. Overall time 14.48.31. I am really pleased to have finished but without the puncture and loo stops I probably would have been 1.30 quicker. There's always next year!!" On Wednesday ten runners took on a much swifter challenge at the sixth and final race in the Yeovilton 5k series. Tim Legg was again to the fore by finishing well in 7th place with his best time of the year in exactly 17minutes. Steve Davey has run five of the six races this year and has been very consistent with a best of 19.59 and slowest of 21.14. This months effort was only 4 seconds off his best in 44th place but he will be looking to get under 20 minutes every time next year. Gary Enticott has run all six races and has had a similar series of results but missed the 20 minute barrier by three seconds last month and by 18 seconds this time in 48th. Richard Harris finished in 60th with 21.12 just in front of young Thomas Dunn who finished 65th with 21.35. Judy Davey led the Honiton ladies home with 68th in 21.49 followed by Simon Hall, 71st in 22.09, and the fast improving Marion Broom who was 72nd in a new best time of 22.14. Claire Pomeroy was next in 76th with 23.07 with Vanessa Glyn Jones finishing off with a new best time of 25.51 in 96th place. Sunday morning was a welcome warm and pleasant change to recent weekend days for the seven Honiton runners who got up early to travel to Bristol for the annual half marathon. Finishing times for the Honiton athletes were: Paul Davey 1.31.17; Guy Paddon 1.39; Gary Enticott 1.42.09; John Caswell 1.46.03; Nicola Campbell 1.50.32; Brent Dicks 2.01.36 and Michaela Dicks 2.27.51. Meanwhile James Denne is coming back to good form after a year off and showed his class and a clean pair of heels to the chasing pack by winning the Shepton Beauchamp 10K in a time of 37.14 and beating the previous record by 3 minutes. Claire Pomeroy also got amongst the medals by finishing 3rd lady in 50:25


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