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Power worker faces her biggest challenge

A power worker from Crawley will be powering through the biggest challenge of her life this weekend in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.

From Press releases - 16 June 2017 12:00 AM

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Clair Hunt, a management accountant at UK Power Networks, is attempting the Lakesman Triathlon endurance race in Keswick on Sunday (June 18). Starting at 6.30am the race kicks off with a 2.4-mile open water swim across the crystal-clear Derwentwater, one of the most scenic lakes in the Lake District, but she won’t be pausing to admire the view.

After the swim she faces a 112-mile cycle ride through the west coast of Cumbria, with mountains on one side and sea views on the other. Provided she makes the cut-off time, she will then attempt a 26.2-mile marathon-distance run taking in views of Skiddaw and Keswick town centre.

All being well she aims to finish the race at about 11.30pm on Sunday after battling through the most physically demanding 17 hours of her life.

Clair, who works in Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley, said: “I took up triathlons three years ago and it helped me get my fitness back. In my first year I signed up to eight races, last year I tackled a half iron man and this year I decided to go the whole hog.

“I’ve been training for this all year. I will have plenty of time to put the world to rights as I do it, as 17 hours is a long time with no music and I suspect I will be towards the back of the field of competitors. I’m not the fastest thing on two legs. Four years ago, when I was a good five stone heavier than I am now I would never have thought it possible to even contemplate taking on a challenge like this.”

She has been preparing for the challenge with training rides from Crawley to Windsor and back, Crawley to Chichester and back, Crawley to Sittingbourne and back and Crawley to the New Forest (120 miles) and regularly swims at Divers Cove in Godstone to prepare for the open water swim. She is a member of Mid Sussex Triathlon Club.

She added: “I’ve struggled with injuries in my legs over the past six weeks but on the day I will power through it. My focus has been on getting my swims in and increasing my bike mileage to gain myself as much time as possible for the run, which is my weakest discipline.”

Clair has already raised nearly £300 for St Catherine’s Hospice, a local charity which has looked after people she knows who lost their lives to cancer, and she welcomes further donations via her fundraising page: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/clairhunt1#.WSvxYwcrFLo.email

Readers can track her progress live during the race via this link: www.resultsbase.com/lakesman/4002