Nick Harvey, Mounts Bay Harrier member, has just completed the Norseman Extreme Triathlon in Norway– so what I here you cry – well it’s stated to be the toughest Ironman distance triathlon in the world and starts by being thrown off a boat into an ice cold fjord.
Nick who lives in Newlyn, an ex marine but now works as a fireman at Camborne station could be seen training for many months around the area in preparation to try and complete the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and then a full 26 mile marathon.
Nick who will wear his black finishers shirt with pride when he returns to Penzance this Friday (that’s what you get for finishing! and bragging rights for life) completed the race in 14 hours 29 minutes 24 seconds and finished in 56th place out of a total of over 190 competitors of which 13 athletes did not finish.
Some astonishing facts about the race:
The total amount of height gain over the whole course is over 16,000ft, or 5,000 metres. That’s the equivalent of cycling and running to the top of Mont Blanc (plus a bit), from sea level.
The finish is 1,850 metres above sea level. Ben Nevis peaks at 1,344 metres.
The fastest winning time is 10 hrs, 30 minutes and 9 seconds (10:30:09).
The slowest finishing time is 21 hrs, 12 minutes and 24 seconds (21:12:24).
The fjord is over 400 metres deep and can be –1C temperature.
The first hill on the bike course takes competitors on average 2 hours to reach the top.
In 2005 only 1 person was fast enough to reach the top. The rest were all diverted to a different finish line because it had begun to snow on the mountain.
Only 23 Black finisher t-shirts have been handed out to Brits.
WELL DONE NICK – YOU ARE CERTAINLY AN IRONMAN!