Local man swaps council desk for Welsh countryside

Kevin Dunne
Kevin Dunne

A West Lindsey District Council officer is set to swap his desk for the Welsh countryside as he takes on the ‘biggest challenge’ of his sporting life.

Community action officer Kevin Dunne, 56, will tackle Ironman Wales in Tenby on 14th September.

Standing in between Dunne and his dream of crossing the finish line is a 2.4 mile swim in rough seas, a 112 mile bike ride through the mountainous Pembrokeshire countryside and a 26.2 mile marathon run.

And if that doesn’t sound like a tough enough challenge, it must all be completed in less than 17 hours.

Dunne, who lives in Misterton, said: “I have always had a burning desire to compete in and finish an Ironman triathlon and have pictured myself crossing the finishing line a thousand times.”

“Reality then kicks in and reminds me that I am a man in my mid 50s with a dodgy knee and back who has probably left it too late.”

“I have been told that Ironman Wales is one of the hardest Ironman courses in the UK, so it would be a wonderful achievement to just finish the daunting course.”

“With age against me and all my ailments, this will be by far the biggest sporting challenge of my life.”

To help keep motivated through his gruelling training schedule, and the event itself, he is aiming to raise £1,000 for national disability charity Scope.

With just six months to prepare, Dunne has already started to cycle to work, go for morning swims and do some jogging.

And he’s following a rigid fitness programme devised by renowned athlete Don Fink.

To make sure he is in tip-top shape for the main event, Dunne is also planning to tackle some slightly less daunting physical feats.

Those will include a 5K swim in Lake Windermere on 13th June, a triathlon at Chatsworth on 13th July, a half Ironman at Castle Howard on 27th July and a 14k swim in the Thames on 9th August.

To sponsor Kevin Dunne, make a donation through his Just Giving page by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KEVIN.DUNNE1