Alan Macpherson overcame the ‘toughest event of his life’ to clinch his second top-10 finish in a double Ironman event this year.
The 41-year-old who was born in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands and now lives in Great Wheltenham, near Bury, conquered the daunting event in North Wales, known as The Double Brutal, consisting of a 4.8mile swim, 224-mile bike ride and double marathon, in 39 hours and 32 minutes to claim an eighth-place finish.
And having gone into the event suffering from a virus, Macpherson, known as ‘Mr Mad’, conceded it proved the biggest challenge he has faced.
“With The Double Brutal there is no such thing as easy and it is certainly the toughest race I have ever done,” he conceded.
“It was a fantastic personal achievement and for me the biggest thing was getting through a spell in which I almost quit for the first time.
“I was carrying a virus into the event and I was really suffering. I considered stopping but then thought to myself that I had achieved nothing, luckily my past experience got me through it.
“Breaking into that top 10 again is amazing and shows it was no fluke.
“That is a good step forward and shows my progress, I’m matching my ambition and edging forward.
“To be able to finish while not being at my best gives me confidence in my talent, maybe I’ve found my distance.”
However, despite his efforts, a deserved rest are far from Macpherson’s mind as he is now targeting a podium place in next year’s Ultraman UK event.
“Next year I will be looking at competing in the Ultraman UK again,” he added.
“I came 11th overall in 2011 and so I would like to break the top five or even get on the podium.
“That is where my target has to be and the expectation I have to put on myself.”