Makers Matt Hewetson entered the Iron Man Challenge around the countryside of Staffordshire. The grueling event which saw competitors take part in a 1.2 mile swim in Chasewater, a 56 mile ride on their bikes through Staffordshire and up through Cannock Chase and then a 13.1 mile run through the grounds of Shugborough Hall and its surrounding villages was the quickest selling Triathlon of its type and selling out in 15 minutes.
The event attracted over 2500 people including the current world champion Javier Gomez from Spain and celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey.
The challenge started just after 7am at Chasewater, where the stillness of the water was transformed as contestants dived into the water and started their swim. Then a short run to their bikes and then the long ride across the expansive Cannock Chase, then completion of the 13.1 mile run through Shugborough Hall and finish in front of the stately home.
Matt’s overall time was 5 hours 30 minutes, and each discipline he set his targets and it took 39 minutes for the swim, 2 hours 54 minutes for the bike ride and 1 hour 42 minutes for his run.
“I came 404 out of 2500, it would have been 70 places higher if I did not receive a dubious penalty!”
Matt Hewetson, Makers.
“Over the past few months we have watched Matt get slimmer and fitter with all his training, and it puts us all to shame, well done Matt.”
Simon Lamb, Makers FD.
“These events take months of training and preparation and near the end of the run I was regretting having to do another Triathlon at the end of July that is double the distance in Nottingham.”
Matt Hewetson, Makers