Knebworth man hopes to make history with 10 Ironman triathlons in 10 days
A Knebworth man hopes to make history by attempting to join an elite band of just 87 people around the world who have completed the ultimate endurance challenge of 10 Ironman triathlons in 10 days.
Simon Bayman, 47, is aiming to complete a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and marathon (26.2 miles) every day from October 4 to 13 — just over 1,400 miles in total and all in the name of dementia research.
He is using the challenge to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, and is one of 16 athletes attempting the Deca Ironman at Dorney Lake, Windsor, hosted by Brutal Events.
Simon choose the charity in memory of his dad Alan who died in September last year aged 73 after a short period with vascular dementia.
Alan was a big supporter of his son’s sporting challenges and was a member of his crew when he completed a Double Ironman in 2011.
Simon said: “I know my dad will be watching with his trusty stopwatch and if he’s listening during the race please excuse any bad language when I’m moaning about how tired/cold/hot/bored I am.
“During my training and the event itself when I’m feeling terrible and wondering what I’m doing, I’ll reflect on the fact that my dad went through a lot without moaning.”
Simon’s dad went downhill fast after he fell over indoors in March 2016 and was admitted to hospital with a urinary tract infection.
Soon after he was diagnosed with vascular dementia and was moved from the hospital into a specialised dementia care unit.
Simon has taken three months off work to train full-time for the event.
He trains up to 30 hours a week, including swimming at Redricks Lake, Sawbridgeworth.
However, an injury sustained at the end of June put his training behind schedule.
The freelance IT Project Manager said: “I ruptured one of my hip flexor muscles and was unable to run for six weeks.
“If my hip holds up then I’ve got every chance of finishing but it will be at the back of the field.
“No-one cares about the time, you just want to finish and get the medal.”
Simon, who admits he was not super sporty as a kid, first caught the endurance sport bug when he ran the Vienna Marathon when he was 30.
To sponsor him, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-bayman