Chris completes 14-hour ironman triathlon race

PUBLISHED: 08:37 22 July 2015

Chris Tayler completed the ironman despite face temperatures of 30C.

Chris Tayler completed the ironman despite face temperatures of 30C.

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Most people when they head to the south of France for a holiday tend to visit the great beaches, relax by the pool and enjoy the local cuisine.

However for one father-of-four from Clevedon, his trip to France was anything but relaxing.

Chris Tayler, aged 47, competed in his third ironman triathlon, raising hundreds of pounds for Children’s Hospice South West.

Rather than a few gentle lengths in the hotel pool which most Brits enjoy at this time of year, Chris swam 2.4 miles. He then quickly got on his bike to cycle 112 miles up in the mountains, before then putting on his running shoes for a marathon.

Chris finished the race in 14 hours, having battled the warm temperatures throughout the race.

He said: “Having completed an ironman in Zurich and Sherborne I felt that Nice would be the ideal way to end my ironman hat-trick and a great way to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.

“It was the most challenging and gruelling event I have undertaken with a 30-mile bike climb up into the mountains as part of the 112-mile bike section, in temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius.

“My two youngest daughters Lily and Florence Tayler completed the Iron Girl event which was actually a women’s 5km race along the Nice Promenade in the same intense heat.

“I was very proud of their achievement and grateful for all of my family’s support throughout training and the event itself.

“I will continue to compete in various events to help raise awareness and funds for Children’s Hospice South West, who do such an amazing job.”


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