Article: From Novice to Iron Man – Chris’s Story

Thanks to Hercules…Anything is possible!CHRIS LEIGH3

I first ventured into the open water April 2013 with an introduction to open water swimming with Hercules events in Welwyn at 20 plus stone getting into the wetsuit was the first challenge let alone the temperature of the water.

A few months later I entered my first full distance triathlon with Hercules in Welwyn and continued with the regular sessions in the open water. The sessions gave me more and more confidence in my swimming which hadn’t really been tested since my early teenage years. It has become my strongest discipline in the triathlon event.
The Hercules swimming at Merchant Taylors is enjoyable, relaxed and social, which can’t always be said for long swim sessions in a pool. David, Gifty and the team always make you feel welcome.

In June 2015 I completed Ironman 70.3 in Staffordshire and 6 weeks later finished the UK Ironman in Bolton, 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile marathon in 14 hours 50 minutes.

Just over 3 years after first dipping my toe in the water thanks to the support of Hercules and the events team I am 3 stone lighter , can get in my wetsuit and have ticked the box to complete an Ironman and have the tattoo to prove it.

Chris Leigh

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