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Pwllheli RNLI fundraiser completes Ironman challenge

Lifeboats News Release

Dave Hurtshouse, a Pwllheli RNLI fundraiser, completed his mammoth Ironman challenge over the weekend in Weymouth.

He completed the gruelling challenge in 14 hours and 53 minutes, smashing the course and smashing a couple of his personal bests as well.

Dave said: 'A massive thanks for all the support on Sunday and to everyone who I know was rooting for me throughout the day. Knowing that helped spur me on. Seeing mu wife Karen and my daughter Lucie out on the course on numerous occasions has been fantastic and my other daughter Zoe was up in Australia watching the finish too via Facebook live - that really got me!

'It was a fantastic day. I had a personal best on the swim of 1 hour 30 minutes, a good bike on a stunning course and managed to run all the way around the marathon.

He added: 'I've just uploaded the Garmin stats and it tells me I burnt 11,014 calories during the event which is about what you'd normally eat over 4.5 days! That's a few pies in the bank for me.'

Tomos Moore, Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, said: 'There was no doubt from all of us here at the station that Dave would excel in the Ironman down in Weymouth.

'His fundraising efforts stands at a staggering £1,505, which is an amazing amount and will go directly into our Inshore lifeboat appeal fund in memory of our former RNLI volunteer Coxswain Robert Wright.'

If you wish to support Dave and read his story, visit his justgiving page  at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daves-rnli-ironman.

All that’s left to say is a massive congratulations to you Dave from all of us here at Pwllheli RNLI - Diolch yn fawr!All that’s left to say is a massive congratulations to you Dave from all of us here at Pwllheli RNLI - Diolch yn fawr!'

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures show Pwllheli RNLI supporter Dave Hursthouse at the Weymouth Ironman on Sunday (11 September).

For more information contact Tomos Moore, Pwllheli RNLI Crew Member & Lifeboat Press Officer on 07552 446447 or Adam Daniel, Pwllheli RNLI Crew Member & Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917808208.

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