IRONMAN triathlon is one of the toughest endurance races in the world, but a 17-year-old student from Greatford taking on the challenge next month is undaunted by what lies ahead of him.
Former Stamford School pupil Zac Pywell, 17, will be one of the youngest people to ever take on the 140.6 mile triathlon.
Because Zac is still under 18 he will be doing the Ironman distance triathlon, which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle ride and then 26.2 mile marathon, alongside an official organised event in Lanzarote, to prepare him for competition when he turns 18 in September.
Experts actually advise people not to take part in events like this until they are at least 18 years-old, because it can damage their developing bodies, but the incredibly “active” Zac says he is already covering the distances involved in his own time, and having taken part in triathlons since the age of eight, and competed in relay triathlon’s even younger, he is already a veteran of the sport.
Zac said: “It appeals to me because it is such a big challenge, when you combine all the disciplines together.”
But not only is Zac, who is off to Warwick University this year to study mathematics, pushing his body to the limit, he is also raising money for charity Alive and Well.
So far his fundraising efforts have brought in over £1,000.
To help Zac with his fundraising visit his donation page online at: www.justgiving.com/Zac-Pywell