Made of iron - it’s official

Nothing will stop me now - Garstang fire officer Chris "Jack" Horner - takes a triathlon in his stride at Bolton on August 4, 2013.
Nothing will stop me now - Garstang fire officer Chris "Jack" Horner - takes a triathlon in his stride at Bolton on August 4, 2013.
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Scorton’s new Iron Man is relishing his success – after completing his first ever Iron Man triathlon two hours ahead of schedule.

Chris Horner (who is also known as Jack) is now taking a well earned rest. He booked a week off from his day job as unit manager at Garstang Fire Station to recover and has enjoyed his first pint of beer since New Year’s Eve to celebrate.

The father of three took on the gruelling challenge in the Bolton Iron Man event on Sunday.

Contestants had 17 hours to complete a challenging 2.4 mile swim in Pennington Flash, a 112 mile bike ride taking in demanding Belmont and Rivington and a 26.2 mile marathon.

Chris had set himself a target time of 13 and a half hours, but he astonished himself and his supporters with a triumphant time of 11 and a half hours. The exact timings were: swim, 1 hour 18 minutes and eight seconds; bike ride, 6 hours 14 minutes and three seconds; and run, 3 hours, 41 minutes and 14 seconds.

He came 40th in his age group (35 - 39) and 222nd out of a field of 1,650 overall.

Chris, who trains with the City of Lancaster Triathlon Club and has been coached by Gary Lee, of Bowland Outdoors. He said: “I feel good – I’m really pleased and my family are over the moon. It just shows I put the right training in and Gary who coached me has coached me right!”

He was watched by wife Gillian, his children, his mother and sibling, friends and colleagues.

He recalled: “I did the last mile of my run in seven minutes, 18 seconds... I was on fire and they were all saying ‘You’re like a machine - Go on mighty Colt!’”

During the cycling he averaged 18 miles an hour on his bike whilst ascending some 7,000 feet.

Now after a well earned rest he’s contemplating competing once again in the event where his Iron Man dream began – the Cockerham Sprint Triathlon on Sunday. August 25. In this contestants challenge themselves to a 350m lake swim, a 15 km bike ride and a 5km run, and also help raise funds for charity.

He said: “It’s a good way for people to get ino it and raise money for Cancer Care. It’s where I did my first one and I got hooked from doing it.”