Ben Hale, 31, from Wigton, is participating in this year’s Lakesman triathlon, representing the University of Cumbria.
He will have to swim 2.4 miles in Derwent Water, cycle 112 miles on mainly flat roads from Keswick, out to the coast and back and, finally, run a full marathon, 26.2 miles, around a course in Crow Park, Keswick.
In his only other long distance triathlon, the Olympic distance Kielder, Ben came fifth and is already training for the Lakesman event under the watchful eye of Luke Russell, recreational assistant at the university's sports centre in Carlisle.
Luke said: "Ben has been training vigorously for this year’s Lakesman, preparing himself not only for physical aspects of the event, but for the mental challenges he’ll face on the day".
Ex-boxer Ben added: "After hanging up my boxing gloves, the gruelling day-to-day training for the Lakesman has kept me feeling alive and given me a new daily excitement, which I relish.
“I am very fit and not lacking in the speed department, which, along with my go forward boxing mentality, I believe is going to catapault me towards the front of the pack."
The Lakesman was voted fifth in the Top Triathlons in UK 2016 by Racecheck – the Bible of triathlons and events.
Click here to enter the Lakesman Triathlon, which takes place on Sunday, June 18 2017.
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