Retford: Firefighter Matt blasts toughest triathlon challenge

Matt Lloyd during the City to Summit triathlon 2014
Matt Lloyd during the City to Summit triathlon 2014

A Retford firefighter who did not own a bike this time last year has just completed the UK’s toughest triathlon.

Matt Lloyd smashed his 18 hour target for the City to Summit distance challenge in 15 hours 25 minutes.

It took him from Edinburgh, across the full width of Scotland, before ascending the snow covered summit of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis.

More than 20 people did not finish the grueling slog. And despite finishing 24th out of 91 competitors Matt’s journey was not without obstacle.

“Just to make things even more difficult, three days before travelling up to Edinburgh my car broke down,” said Matt, 27.

“I appealed to some hire firms and GK Ford Ltd kindly sponsored me a Ford Galaxy to use for the event.”

Race day started at 6am with a 2.5 mile swim down the Firth of Forth Estuary.

The swim was followed by 112 miles on the road bike over the mountains from Edinburgh to Glencoe on the west coast of Scotland.

Before the finish, Matt and his fellow triathletes ran 27 miles from Glencoe to Ben Nevis - over the summit of the tallest mountain in the UK.

Said Matt: “I think I am just about starting to recover.”

“I can now manage a full flight of stairs instead of sliding up and down on my bum.”

Matt is a full time firefighter at Retford Fire Station who, until recently, said he had no bike, didn’t really exercise much and had never competed in a triathlon.

Through this event he has raised more than £350 for The Fire Fighters Charity and is now a self confessed triathlon addict.