Ironman challenge for salesman Matt

Matt Warren who is doing the Ironman Challenge for Help for Heroes.
Matt Warren who is doing the Ironman Challenge for Help for Heroes.

A LOCAL sales manager will be taking on one of the biggest challenges of his life on July 1 as he competes in the Outlaw Ironman Race.

The gruelling challenge will see 33-year-old Matt Warren (pictured) swim for 2.4 miles, then cycle 112 miles before running 26.2 miles. All of this must be undertaken in just 17 hours.

Matt, who works for SB Components in Wisbech, is raising money for Help for Heroes. He has already passed the £1,500 mark but would like to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

He chose Help for Heroes as he couldn’t think of any other individuals who deserve to be given something back. Matt also saw a video of a veteran who lost both legs in Iraq completing an Ironman.

“I just thought if he can do it and give something back, why can’t someone who is able-bodied do the same?” Matt said.

He has previously run marathons but wanted to try something a bit more “extreme”. A friend suggested a triathlon and Matt stumbled across the Ironman, which is known as one of the toughest one-day endurance events.

He said: “I thought if I wanted to really push myself and challenge my body to the maximum, why not give it a go. My family all think I am completely mad and I hate to say it, but I now kind of agree with them!”

Matt has been training for over a year for the challenge, averaging around 17 hours of training a week that he has fitted in around work and being a dad. He suffered a knee injury back in December but feels he is now ready and “preparing my body to hurt pretty bad”.

• To sponsor Matt, visit www.bmycharity.com/MattWarren