Ironman Lanzarote 2012

Ironman Lanzarote 2012

Well, peer pressure, testosterone, mid-life crisis (for at least one of us) and altruism – all combined to challenge of completing the Lanzarote Ironman in May 2012. For some of you, Ironman might just sound tough – for others, you’ll know it’s tough. And a few of you will be aware that the Lanzarote Ironman is one of the toughest…

3.8Km swim, 180Km bike and 42Km run (yes – that’s a full marathon). One after the other. The best of the best do this in around eight hours. But normal humans must complete it with 17 hours (start at 7am – finish before midnight).

What makes Lanzarote iconic in the world of Ironman are the local conditions: heat, wind and climbing. The bike leg includes 2.5Km of vertical climbing, often into silly winds – the same winds that hard-core windsurfers and kiters seek out.

Lanzarote is also a qualifying event for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii!

So back down to reality. Three BUDs (Backup Direct employees) are attempting to complete the event next year – it’s certainly a great personal challenge for each of us – but importantly we’re aiming to raise a serious amount of money for charity – the Brain Tumour Research ( – £3000 at least.

Let’s take a look at the three victims, in reverse order of madness:

Victim Brett Raynes Nathan Tyndale Mark Funnell
BUD Role Managing Director Account Manager Billing Manager
Age 48 Around 30 25
Height m 1.67   1.82
General Fitness Quite fit Very Fit Super fit
Race Target      
Swim 1h15 1h30 1h00
Bike 7h30 7h00 7h00
Run 4h30 4h00 3h30
Total (inc. transitions) 14h00 13h00 12:00

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