Brothers are both Iron Men after challenge

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Chris and Kevin Horner are two of a kind - three times over.

United by family ties and choice of profession, they are now both officially Iron Men

Chris, also known as Jack, has already clinched full Iron Man titles.But he has now been joined by brother Kevin, who successfully completed his first half Iron Man challenge in Staffordshire, competing alongside Chris.

Chris, of Scorton, who is the Unit/Watch manager at Garstang fire station and Station Manager/Incident Commander at Springfield Fuels said Kevin decided he would like to attempt an Iron challenge after watching his brother’s success.

Chris encouraged him and together they signed up for The Mid-Distance (half) Iron Man 70.3 mile challenge. It saw them completing a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run earlier this month.

Chris finished 368th out of 2,700 competitors with a time of five hours 27 minutes and Kevin, of Catterall, who is the crew manager at Garstang fire station and a builder, finished in six hours 52 minutes coming 1507th.

Their efforts have boosted a charity with special significance for Chris’s family - the Ronald McDonald House at Manchester which provides accommodation for relatives of children receiving hospital treatment.

Chris explained that the facilities had been an immense help to his family when their son Richard had to spend several weeks in the Royal Manchester Children’s hospital earlier this year after a bone marrow transplant. They hope to have raised more than £600

*Kevin (left) and Chris Horner (right) are shown celebrating their success