Big congratulations are due to Nick Pauley, who completed the Ironman Austria Challenge on 30 June, 2013. He raised close to £3,000 for COINS Foundation.

The day got off to an early start at 3.30am. Weather conditions were perfect, and by 6.45am the canon had set the first elite racers off into the lake and onto their Ironman journey. Nick described the first leg of the race ‘a free-for-all wetsuit wrestling match for the majority of the 2.5 miles, and I absolutely loved it’.

He completed the swim in an impressive 1 hour and 13 minutes before getting dragged out of the water by volunteers to head towards the bikes, soaking up the atmosphere on the way.

The cycle ride was full of steep hills. ‘I hurt like a prisoner who’s been doing hard labour for 50 years, probably a bit more even.’ Nick said, after enduring the 7 hour saddle ride.

After two tough challenges, Nick then had to complete a gruelling run, forcing him to dig deep and really remember why he was competing. Reminisce about everything and everyone that had got him there helped him to cross the finish line in a very respectable time – 13 hours and 17 minutes. Congratulations Nick, and thank you for supporting our work!

Read the whole account of the race day on Nick’s blog here: