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Triathlete Tony rewarded for his efforts
9:00am Friday 8th February 2013 in Sport
Ironman Tony Redmond has won an award for superhuman effort after the 50-year-old postman did the gruelling swim, bike and run competition for the first time last year.
The ardent Bradford City fan trains at Bingley Pool and is being presented with a “b active” award from Bradford Council for his constant success in pushing himself to the limit – and raising cash at the same time.
When he did his first Ironman challenge in Lanzarote last year, Mr Redmond, of Eccleshill, raised £1,400 for The Bradford City Burns Appeal.
He became keen on triathlons after hitting 40 and took part in the Ilkley triathlon in 2004 and 2005 with a young Jonny Brownlee, now the current World Triathlete Champion.
He said: “Lots of 50-year-olds may think it is time to put your feet up, but I think that is the time to push yourself even more.
“I love the challenge and it makes me feel good when I achieve my goal.
“It’s so important to keep fit and particularly when you get older.”
The Ironman race has a time limit of 17 hours, an average time of 12 hours and the current record time is 8.04.08.
It consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle ride and a 26.2-mile run to finish.
Only qualified triathletes take part in the world championship, having gone through a series of qualifying stages. The Lanzarote Ironman is one of those stages.
Mr Redmond said: “I had done some running and cycling, but wanted to take it to the next level so I joined swim triathlon training sessions at Bingley Pool.
“Swim coach Di Whittaker proved to be a great boost, building my endurance, improving my technique and passing on invaluable advice about competing.”
Coun Andrew Thornton, Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: “Tony deserves a b-active award as he is a great example of someone who is really motivated and sets himself new challenges as he gets older.
“Keeping fit is important for keeping healthy and enhancing the quality of your life as well as helping you to live longer”
Mr Redmond and his brother-in-law Robert Thornton plan to do the Lanzarote Ironman again as well as the UK Ironman in Bolton in August.
The b-active awards are given out by the Council’s Sport and Leisure Service to people in recognition of their outstanding achievements in encouraging others to be more physically active.