Ilfracombe policeman becomes an ‘outlaw’

Joseph Bulmer

Ironman bobby tackles gruelling triathlon event for charity

AN Ilfracombe policeman has succeeded in his quest to become an Outlaw – but the news is not something that will put criminals at their ease.

PC Rod Lomas has just earned the title of “outlaw” after completing an iron distance triathlon in Nottingham, which featured the classic ironman distance of a 2.4 mile swim 112 mile cycle and finishing off with a marathon run of 26.2 miles.

The 41-year-old Ilfracombe east and central neighbourhood beat manager completed the gruelling course hosted at the National Watersports Centre in a time of 12 hours and 19 minutes, ranking 241st out of 660 entrants.

It is the culmination of a three year quest and many hours of training for the North Devon Triathletes member, who undertook his first sprint distance or short course event just three years ago.

The Outlaw event was raising money for the British Heart Foundation, something Rod staunchly supports since his father died of heart disease aged just 32.

Now he is working with NDT, Sea Ilfracombe, Ilfracombe Healthy Town and the police to organise the first ever Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Triathlon on Sunday, September 4, held during the three day Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival weekend.

The triathlon is supporting the RNLI and will start at 9.30am, with contestants undertaking a 400 metre sheltered swim, hilly 22 kilometres cycle and a five kilometre run.

“This is a great opportunity to bring the sport to the area and bring the community together to take up the challenge and have a focus and a goal to aim for. Newcomers and teams are especially welcome,” said Rod.

“I would like to thank North Devon Triathletes for all the support and advice they have given me, especially Iain Hindes, Phil Miles, Mike Culley and also Martin Crocker from Southfork Cycles.

“But most of all my wife and family who have put up with me disappearing for six or seven hour training sessions over the last six months - the training was long and hard, especially through the winter, but just to finish makes it worth while.”

There is still time to enter the Sea Ilfracombe Triathlon. Visit www.ilfracombetri.co.uk for more information or email info@ilfracombetri.co.uk.

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