Swanwick man Dave Miles had to overcome problems galore before sheer determination got him over the line in the toughest race in the World.
Miles, 46, took part in the Enduroman Deca at Avon Tyrell in the New Forest. It is a race which is renowned as the toughest ultra triathlon event in the World, ten triathlon’s in ten consecutive days on unforgiving terrain.
One race consists of a 2.4-mile swim in a lake, followed by a 117-mile cycle ride and then a full marathon of 26.2 miles.
Over ten days, blisters, lots of them, are par for the course, as are punctures on the bike and Dave suffered three on the last day alone. The last day also saw him pick up a serious knee injury which reduced him to having to walk and hobble the final marathon of the whole ten days!
That he finished the race at all bears testament to his sheer determination, but to finish second, and in a time which bettered the winner of last year’s race, brought him lots of gratification.
“It was a war of attrition. Day seven was in awful monsoon conditions. Ultimately, I just wanted to finish the race, but I am ecstatic to finish on the podium in second place, beyond my wildest dreams” said Miles.
“I thank everyone who helped, especially my crew - of wife Jacqui and step-daughter Jo” he added.
“I am having a month or so off. Next year is probably going back to single iron racing and trying to beat my best time.
“I have one race missing off my CV, a triple triathlon, but, that may have to wait until 2014!” ended Miles.
For the record, Dave’s finishing time was 159 hours, 56 minutes and 53 seconds. He was five-and-a-half hours in front of the third-placed finisher.
He also broke the course record when he won day one in a time of 12 hrs 46 mins 04 secs.