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Engineer finishes gruelling Ironman

PEOPLE

MOUCHEL Parkman senior engineering geologist Eric Downey has proved himself rock hard by completing a gruelling 'ironman' contest in Frankfurt, Germany.

The endurance event involved a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile marathon run.

Although Eric has competed in half-distance competitions in the past, this was his first ironman competition and he finished in an impressive 12 hours 3 minutes. He said: 'This was an awesome experience. I hope to compete in the British triathlon trials in early 2006 with the aim of making the British team.' In total 2,000 competitors from 41 countries took part in the race, of which around five per cent were British. 350,000 spectators and 4,000 local volunteers lined the streets of Frankfur t to watch the race.