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Shetland’s Ironman

A 'tired but incredibly happy' Maurice Inkster after the event.

BURRA man Maurice Inkster has become Shetland’s new Ironman after completing one of the toughest Ironman competitions in the world.

Competing in the 25th Lanzarote Ironmen competition at the weekend, Inkster completed the event in the respectable time of 15 hours and four minutes.

The event consists of a 3.8kilometre swim in the sea, a 180km challenging bike race around the island with over 2,500metres of climbing, to be finished off by a Marathon.

Inkster’s split times were 1.14hours for the swim, 7.51hours on the bike and 5.32hours for the Marathon at the end.

His wife Wendy said he was “tired but incredibly happy” to have done it.

“Out of 1,900 competitors he came 1,326th, not bad for a first try,” she said.