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Swimming 11km, 540km on the bike and 126km of running – in THREE days!

Just months after raising over £22,000 when he completed a 250-kilometre ultramarathon across the Jordanian desert, Luke Lambert has set himself what appears to be an even greater challenge next month, albeit a little closer to home.

Previously, the former Driffield School & Sixth Form student was part of a team of runners who completed Ultra X Jordan in the protected desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, where he battled the heat and plantar fasciitis.

This time around Luke, who will be one of the batonbearers when the Queen’s Baton Relay visits East Yorkshire later this year, will be attempting three Ironman triathlons in as many days at Allerthorpe Lake, near Pocklington, between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th July.

To prepare for the triple Ironman, I’ve been doing lots of back-to-back long running days to try and get used to going through the pain barrier that days two and three will no doubt bring.

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In all, Luke will swim 11.4 kilometres, cycle 540 kilometres and run 126 kilometres, all in aid of Brain Tumour Research, a charity that’s close to his heart.

Luke’s mum, Jenny Lambert, who lived in Fimber, was diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour in November 2016.

Sadly, after undergoing emergency surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Jenny passed away three years later.

Luke’s participation in the triple Ironman attempt appeared in doubt following the recurrence of an old ankle injury.

However, having successfully completed the Weekend Warrior at Blenheim Palace, which saw him complete as many sprint triathlons as possible in two days, no mean feat in itself, the 29-year-old has passed his fitness test.

Having only previously conquered one Ironman triathlon, he is under no illusions about the enormity of the challenge he is taking on.

“When I came home from the trek across the desert, I felt sad that it was over,” said Luke.

“I’d had the build-up and training for the previous 12 months and it left a void in my life.

“I felt like I needed to improve on my efforts in Jordan and decided to set myself another target.

“I’ll be completing an Ironman every day for three days.

“In total, I’ll be swimming over 11 kilometres, 540 kilometres on the bike and 126 kilometres of running.

“This one’s going to be a proper test. I’ve done one Ironman previously and quite a few half Ironmans.

“My Ironman was in Copenhagen in 2017 and it was great.

“It hurt a lot and took 11-and-a-half hours, with a lot of recovery time – I couldn’t walk at all the next day.

“To prepare for the triple Ironman, I’ve been doing lots of back-to-back long running days to try and get used to going through the pain barrier that days two and three will no doubt bring.

“One of the hardest parts of challenges like this is starting again the next day.

“Training-wise, I’ve been trying to fit some running and cycling around work.

“I haven’t been going as far as I should be doing, but I’ll get there eventually.

“I need to focus on the cycling and running as I know that I’ll be able to do the swim.

“I’d say this is the biggest challenge that I have done yet.

“It’s very similar to the desert trek, but this time I’ll be on my own, except other competitors, so I’m expecting it to be lonely at times.”

Luke has set himself a target of £5,000, every penny of which will be used to fund long-term, sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours.

He told the Wolds Weekly that he’s confident of achieving both his fundraising target and his Ironman target.

“My fundraising target is set at £5,000 and I’m confident of achieving that,” said Luke.

“It’s a great cause and I’m hoping people support me.

“I’ll get around one way or another, but I’m going into it knowing that it’s going to be really hard.

“I’ll be in pieces at the end, but 80 per cent of the pain is in the mind.

“I know that if I can survive five days in the desert with an injury, I can do three days in Allerthorpe.”

To donate to Luke’s effort, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lukes-triple-ironman.

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