Fireman Chris braved the heat to retain his Ironman reputation

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Garstang firefighter Chris Horner has retained his Ironman reputation after competing the gruelling three-sport challenge for a second year in succession.

He finished 36th in his age category and 168th overall out of 2,000 in the recent Ironman UK challenge.

Chris, who lives in Scorton, said: “I managed to beat last year’s time, finishing in 11 hours, 24 minutes, despite it being over 24 degrees on the run. It was really hard going on the run with the heat.”

It was the 10th year of Ironman in the UK and the contest in Bolton saw Chris completing a 2.4 mile swim in Pennington Flash in 1 hour 20 minutes and 59 seconds, a 112-mile bike ride in 6 hours, 4 minutes and 26 seconds and a run of 26.2 miles in 3 hours, 49 minutes and 24 seconds.

Meanwhile, for Lakeland 100 competitor John Gilbert, from Forton, it was a case of commiserations after he had to drop out after becoming badly dehydrated in very testing temperatures.

Competitors embarked on the gruelling 105-mile event last Friday evening.

Nevertheless John, who runs the Work Life Balance company, managed to rauise some £282 for his chosen charity Chicks, which provides country holidays for disadvantaged children.

He noted: “For some kids it’s like a beacon in an otherwise grim life. It’s not a very glamorous charity, but it works very hard and has done for a long time behind the scenes.”