A DEARNE VALLEY-based team is hoping to complete its first-ever Ironman triathlon – taking on some of Europe’s best, at an event in Switzerland.
Darren Moutrey, 42, Paul Clare, 45, Andy Coldwell, 44, and George Williams, 55, will represent the Team Mavers Triathlon Club at the Ironman Switzerland in Zurich on July 10.
It will be the group’s first full Ironman event, as they have previously only completed Half-Ironman races.
Mr Moutrey said: “We are expecting this to be much more intense because it is double the distance.
“But training has gone well over the last few months and we are hoping to finish the race in under 13 hours.
“We know it will be tough because there are around 2,000 triathletes taking place from all over Europe.
“But we believe we will be able to complete it in a good time and we’re all looking forward to it.”
As part of their preparations, the group carried out a rigorous six-hour training session in front of shoppers at the Lakeside Village Shopping Outlet in Doncaster.
The session involved cycling on stationary bikes, and running on a treadmill. But the quartet face an even more gruelling challenge in Zurich, as the Ironman event consists of a 2.4-mile open water swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a gruelling 26.2-mile run.
They will carry out the disciplines individually and use the race to promote awareness and raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Mr Moutrey said: “Bluebell Wood provides excellent respite care for children who have a shortened life expectancy.
“The fantastic care provided is funded mainly from donations and organised events like theirs.”
“Anyone wishing to offer donations towards their challenge can do so by contacting the triathletes individually or visiting their donation website at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/teammanversswitzerland