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Alex Heron (4914) takes on Ironman Wales

Alex (Gerald) Heron (4914) attempts to become the oldest person to finish Ironman Wales
Winning Llanelli Sprint Triathlon 70-74
Winning Llanelli Sprint Triathlon 70-74

From giving up running in his 60s due to calf muscle injuries, to doing his first triathlon at 64 and attempting to be the first 75-79 year old to complete Ironman Wales in September.  Alex’s first experience of completing a triathlon was Derby Triathlon in 2013. He said “I stopped half way through the swim because I was out of breath. On the bike, I rode with my goggles round my neck, mud guards on the bike, a light and a bell.” On returning home, he received a phone call to inform him that he’d won the 60-64 age category. From here, Alex did research into the times that you needed to qualify for London 2013 Sprint World Championships. After realising that it was doable, he qualified at a Northampton qualifier and came around 25th in his first World Championship.  Since then he has competed in the World Championships in Edmonton, where he came 11th in the Sprint and 6th in the Aquathlon. And he has bronze and silver medals in various European Sprints.

Alex is raising money for Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP). His daughter, Dr Jessica Heron, became CEO of the charity after studying Experimental Psychology at Oxford and getting her PHD. The charity aims to raise funds for research into the condition of postpartum psychosis; increase awareness of the condition; provide peer support for partners and campaign for ‘Mother and Baby Units’. If you’d like to donate to Alex’s Just Giving page, you can find it here.

An update is hoped to appear in The Old Campbellian Magazine 2023.  Good Luck Alex!

 

 

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