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Endurance challenge for athlete
Ian Wright in training for the Iron Man Triathlon
Ian Wright says the event is 'the mother of all triathlons'
A Nottinghamshire man is preparing to enter arguably one of the UK's toughest events - at the age of 56.

Ian Wright, of Cropwell Bishop, will contest the Iron Man UK triathlon in Sherborne in Dorset this August.

The event consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 km bike ride and then a full 26.2 mile marathon.

It will be Mr Wright's first attempt at the full distance. He started competing in triathlons in 2001 and completed a half Iron Man distance in 2003.

He entered his first race in Southwell in 2001 and competed for his age group in the Great Britain team in the Triathlon World Championships in New Zealand in 2003.

But a series of niggling injuries kept him out of action for almost all of 2004.

Mr Wright's target time for the full Iron Man triathlon is 14 and a half hours and he plans to raise money for Cancer Research.

He said: "It was only in January that I decided to enter the 2005 Iron Man and began training in earnest.

"This is the 'mother of all triathlons' - and I will be just so pleased if I can finish."

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