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Haverhill policeman was Bourne to be World Decaman champion

Simon Bourn decaman champ

Simon Bourn decaman champ

One of the world’s toughest men is a Haverhill policeman, who fulfilled his ‘destiny’ to be crowned World Decaman champion 2012 on his birthday.

One of the world’s toughest men is a Haverhill policeman, who fulfilled his ‘destiny’ to be crowned World Decaman champion 2012 on his birthday.

Pc Simon Bourne, 49, beat off 19 other competitors from across the globe to win the gruelling 12-day Decaman event at the weekend in the searing heat of Monterrey, Mexico.

It consisted of a 24 mile swim – further than swimming The Channel from Dover to Calais – a 1,120 mile cycle – more than cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats – and a 262 mile run – equal to ten marathons.

Pc Bourne was restricted to just two hours’ sleep a day to win the event, finishing in 278 hours 51 minutes and 57 seconds.

He beat American Kale Polan, 29, by several hours.

Writing on his blog, beyondexhaustion.blogspot.co.uk, Pc Bourne said: “The race was extremely painful, on the bike Kale and I repeatedly attacked each other looking to break each other’s resolve.

“At one point we cycled side by side in tears asking why we were doing this to each other?

“It wouldn’t be long before it happened again.

“The run was a war of attrition.

“There was no time for self-pity, blistered and bleeding feet, swollen shins, they just had to be ignored.

“I have never suffered like I suffered during this foot race in temperatures around 100 degrees.

“I always felt that Decaman was my destiny, a race that I just had to do before I was the complete athlete.

“Before the race I didn’t have the answer to my reasons for wanting to complete such a tortuous race.

“Now I have all the answers.

“I sit here a World Champion at the end of an incredible journey of pain and suffering.

“I knew with the right combination I could win this race, Pete (his trainer) was the answer to that.

“I now realise that ‘anything is possible’.

“If through Decaman I can inspire one person to train then my job is done.

“To be crowned World Champion on your birthday is what dreams are made of.

“Some things you simply cannot script but this indeed has been a fairy tale ending.”

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, November 8) Echo.

 

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