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Stu conquers Brutal Ironman course
12:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Other Sport
Andover athlete Stu Crawford recently took on and conquered the Brutal Double Ironman which took place in Snowdonia, incorporating a swim of 4.8 miles, a bike ride of 231 miles, and a run of 51 miles which included an ascent of Mt. Snowdon.
Stu Crawford was raising funds for a powered wheelchair for a young girl who is suffering from type two Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
The swim was around a 0.6 mile loop with regular exits over a timing mat and finished in 2hrs 31mins. The cycling course was 232 miles around eight laps of hills, undulations, mounds, tors, mountains, slopes, rises and drizzle and passed the campsite where Stu’s family cheered him on as the day and night wore on.
Stu was dreading the mountain, a four mile climb, but it turned out better then he imagined, and from the top there was a long fast descent towards Llanberis but by lap seven exhaustion hit and he was beginning to fall asleep, but finished the cycle in 18:02:42 hours and on reflection said ‘the time seemed to pass in the blink of an eye.’ After changing into trousers and boots Stu headed off up Mount Snowdon and could not run or jog so just walked with his supporter Sarah and on reaching the top trudged all the way down and with both feet blistered and hurt was timed at 6:04:24 hours.
Changing into shorts and trainers, and with only time to eat a banana, Stu started the final part of the challenge – running eight five mile laps of Lake Padarn. Hoping the lake would be on flat ground, he was disappointed to encounter a set of steps, hills and, of course, a descent. At lap four started to weaken as he had not eaten properly for more than six hours but after a pasty, Sarah and wife Jayne took it in turns to run laps with him until the final lap, where he was having hallucinations, but he wanted to finish in under 37.5 hour and after being told that he had five minutes to beat 37 hours he sprinted the last 500 metres. The time was confirmed at 36hours 57:51mins. Stu has so far raised £1,265.80 in donations and afterwards unsurprisingly admitted: “That is the hardest thing I ever done", adding "I am retiring from double iron mans!"