Simon Bourne missed out on a prestigious county award after making the shortlist for his triathlon achievements.
Haverhill policeman Bourne, 49, had been nominated for the ‘Most Outstanding Performance 2012’ at the ‘Stars in Suffolk’ awards, but lost out Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo, who won bronze for Team GB at London 2012 before truning professional in December.
Bourne, from Bury St Edmunds, made the finals of the awards after winning the 2012 Deca Triathlon, a gruelling 12 day event in Monterey, Mexico, where all of the distances are ten times Ironman distances – a 24 mile swim, a 1,120 mile cycle and a 262 mile run.
He was recently made a Suffolk Sport gold ambassador, along with Team GB Paralympian basketball player Caroline Maclean, and will soon will heading to schools throughout the county to help inspire youngsters to get involved in sport.
Bourne, who retired from competitive sport after winning Decaman, is now hoping to train a Haverhill woman to participate in Rock Ride 2014, a multi-day cycle from Gibraltar to the UK in summer next year.
To get involved, e-mail Bourne at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Decaman Triathlon was the culmination of a seven year goal for Bourne, and he beat American Kale Polan, 29, by 18 hours in the race.
“Going the Decaman was the pinnacle, it’s where I always said my destiny lay,” he said after the race.
“Racing wise now I’m content because I always wanted to do Decaman, so to win it was the final piece of my jigsaw.”
For all the latest sport see Thursday’s (February 28) Echo.