HAYLEY Turner, a teaching assistant at King’s Ely Junior, completed one of the toughest Ironman challenges in the world at the end of May – Club La Santa Ironman Lanzarote.

Hayley says it has been a dream of hers to complete the challenge for around six years. She originally planned to take on the race in 2016 but had to pull out due to a dangerously ruptured appendix. Hayley then signed up for Ironman Lanzarote 2017 but again had to pull out after an unfortunate hernia operation.

But 2018 was her year and after managing to cram in up to 20 hours of training a week, as well as juggling work, young children etc etc, Hayley managed to complete the race in 14 hours 23 minutes and 41 seconds, and was one of only 119 women to complete the course.

Hayley now has her sights set on Ironman Lanzarote 2019 but before then, she has another Iron distance to take on in the summer holidays, The Outlaw in Nottingham, and then she is switching to Ultra Running in October with Lakes in a Day 50 miles followed by the National Masters Short course swimming championships in Sheffield in the Michaelmas half term.

What an inspiration – well done Hayley!

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