Exmouth firefighter is an Ironman thanks to Barcelona success

An Exmouth firefighter has celebrated competing the Barcelona Ironman, swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running a full marathon in just over 11 hours.

Shaun Bagwell, who lives in Exmouth, completed the gruelling challenge in 11 hours and 21 minutes – well within the 15-and-a-half-hour limit.

Taking on the task with Shaun was Matt Meek, a firefighter based in Exeter who also runs the Sidmouth Bike Studios, and Jon Miller, well-known in Sidmouth footballing circles and also a firefighter based at Exeter.

Matt finished in a time of 12 hrs 25 minutes while Jon returned in 13 hours and 33 minutes.

Shaun is now gearing up to tackle the Majorca Half Ironman next June with his partner.

Both Shaun and Matt have already entered the full Barcelona Ironman again, looking for even better times next October.

The Ironman trio are supporting Charlotte’s Army, raising funds for brain tumour research, and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Yarty Ward.

They have raised more than £2,000 through donations, which will be split between both causes.

Shaun said: “We chose Barcelona for the event as it’s fairly flat, the sea state is usually good, warm and buoyant, and the weather more predictable.

“On the day, conditions were near perfect.”

Matt said: “The day started brilliantly with the sunrise revealing a flat sea which helped set us all up for good times.

“What’s more, we had fast cycles which also played a big part cycling on smooth, dry and gently undulating roads with around 3,300 feet of climbing over the whole course.”

Jon said: “The run was the hardest part. You start to deplete of energy. And to test your mental resolve, the route goes past the finishing chute four times.

“You can see and hear others finishing whilst you still have miles and hours to go. But when you do finish, when you can enter the noise and drama of the chute, it makes the last few yards amazing, exhilarating.”

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