Exmouth man set to take on an Iron Man Triathlon this Saturday

PUBLISHED: 10:22 13 August 2020

Paul Wakely on his bike during a triahtlon. This Saturday (August 15) Paul is taking on an Iron Man Marathon that involves a swim in the sea off Exmouth, a cycle ride to Barnstaple and back and then a marathon around the streets of Exmouth. Picture; PAUL WAKELY

Paul Wakely on his bike during a triahtlon. This Saturday (August 15) Paul is taking on an Iron Man Marathon that involves a swim in the sea off Exmouth, a cycle ride to Barnstaple and back and then a marathon around the streets of Exmouth. Picture; PAUL WAKELY

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An Exmouth man is set to tackle a solo Iron Man Triathlon this Saturday (August 15).

Paul Wakely, a 38-year-old, is no stranger to challenging sporting tasks!

He has competed in events across both the UK and Europe, taking on mountain ultra-marathons, marathon swims and triathlons.

Like all sporting folk, the year of 2020 with the Coronavirus pandemic has meant a much changed sporting schedule for him.

Paul says: “With this year the way it has been I’ve tried to keep myself active, but not having the usual races planned has meant it’s required a different strategy.

“How I have got through it is by doing my own plotting and adventures, this has been ranging from running ultra-distances on the coast path and riding from Exmouth to the Portland Bill light house and back in a day – that was a 150-mile cycle ride – just to name a couple of the challenges I have undertaken.”

He continued: “I’d been thinking of taking on my own solo Iron Man Triathlon for a few months and the timing is right now to have a crack at it.

“I don’t know anyone personally that’s done this solely on their own so thought it would be a good tick in the box and would certainly be ‘kudos worthy’.”

Paul’s self-designed Ultra will involve a swim along Exmouth sea front of 2.4 miles followed by a 112-mile cycle from Exmouth sea front to Barnstaple and back (112 miles) and rounded off with a run around Exmouth on a loop that will enable him to refuel at his Dandy Terrace home.

As for the drive that’s taking him into this latest challenge, he says: “I work for the NHS as a physical therapist at Langdon hospital in Dawlish, but I live in Exmouth and my role is to motivate and inspire people suffering with severe mental health to get them active. Once this challenge is over I shall have something else to talk about!”

If you are out and about in Exmouth this Saturday and see a chap out pounding the streets of Exmouth, or coming out of the sea after a lengthy swim, then it may well be Paul Wakely – we wish him well!


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