Win­try weather makes Berry ripe for UK iron­man

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CLARE­MONT triath­lete Pete Berry has flown back to the UK to com­pete in his first in­ter­na­tional iron­man com­pe­ti­tion held in Wales.

The 37-year-old, who works in fi­nan­cial mod­el­ling, said he had been do­ing triathlons for four years.

“I am English and I lived in Sydney for a few years and then I moved to Perth and it was when I moved to Perth I took on triathlons,” he said. “I am do­ing an iron­man in Wales on Septem­ber 18, which is my fourth iron­man and first in the UK where I am from.”

Berry said he felt ready to com­pete in the gru­elling 140.6km race af­ter a good train­ing pe­riod.

“Mother Na­ture has sup­plied me with some Bri­tish weather and I have been train­ing up in the hills for long bike rides and it has been windy and rainy most of the time,” he said.

“I try to swim a cou­ple of times dur­ing the week and do some 10km runs on Tues­days, do some in­ter­vals at the WA Athletics Track on Thurs­days. I go for rides in the morn­ing be­fore work and on the week­end.”

De­spite hav­ing com­pet­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, the Sta­dium Triathlon Club mem­ber said he was only a “recre­ational traith­lete” but did not rule out be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional.

“Per­haps when I am 70, I might be elite in the 70’s cat­e­gory,” he said.

“If I could get to the point when it pays me well, un­for­tu­nately I do not think I can get to that level but if I ever do then I could do it full-time.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d458833

Pete Berry is in Wales to take part in his fourth iron­man com­pe­ti­tion.

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