Congratulations to our very own Iron Man, Neil Eddy, who has just returned from his debut in the IRONMAN World Championships which took place in Kona, Hawaii.

The IRONMAN World Championship centres on the dedication and courage exhibited by participants who demonstrate the IRONMAN mantra that “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”.

The IRONMAN competition was founded, when U.S. Naval Commander John Collins and his wife Judy issued a challenge. They proposed combining Oahu’s 2.4 mile swim race, 112 mile bike race, and 26.2 mile marathon. On February 18, 1978 fifteen competitors, including Collins, traveled to Waikiki to take on the first-ever IRONMAN challenge.

This year over 2,000 athletes from around the world embarked on the 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN.

Despite the gruelling heat and humidity Neil managed to finish the challenge in a very creditable time of 9 hours and 27 minutes in what he described as one of the hardest challenges he has faced yet.

Neil, who is a Team GB athlete, also runs our High Performance Sports Institute and has been an inspiration to many of our students who have gone on to succeed both at amateur and professional levels.

If you want to find out more about Neil’s successes, take a look at his athlete website here: