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Ironman steels himself for glory
Pc Simon Bourne
Pc Bourne is the first British police officer to compete in Ultraman
A British policeman is one of just 25 athletes from around the world to have been picked for one of the toughest endurance challenges.

Pc Simon Bourne from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, has been invited to take part in the Ultraman event in Canada.

The event, held in British Columbia between August and September, consists of a 6.2-mile swim, 260-mile bike ride and a double marathon over three days.

Last August, Pc Bourne, 44, competed in the Ironman UK event.

He also competed in the World Triathlon Championships last year but had to pull out of Ironman France after suffering from heat exhaustion.

'Piece of cake'

He then competed in the Ironman UK event.

"The conditions were bad and it's the toughest Ironman course in the world, but it was a piece of cake and I felt fine afterwards," he said.

PC Bourne, who works with the Youth Offending Team in Bury, is now training to prepare for the Ultraman competition.

"I've been training as much as I can since 1 October - there was no turkey with all the trimmings for me over Christmas, and I spent New Year's Day running in the park."

Pc Bourne, who will be the first British police officer to compete in Ultraman, is raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his wife's grandfather.

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