Iron­man is an­other big chal­lenge for su­per-fit Kevin

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Scott Mor­gan

He’s bat­tled leukaemia and run seven marathons in 10 months on ev­ery con­ti­nent.

Now Kevin Allen is set to push his body to a new limit when he com­petes in his first iron­man to­mor­row.

Allen will line up along­side 1495 other com­peti­tors for the first time to­mor­row for the 25th Taupo Iron­man.

The race in­cludes a 3.8km swim, 180km cy­cle and 42.2km run.

But the Pen­rose res­i­dent has plenty of cre­den­tials that sug­gest he’ll be able to hack the pace and get to the fin­ish line.

In 2003 the 34-year-old ran seven marathons in 10 months in Egypt, Antarc­tica, Lon­don, Van­cou­ver, Ar­gentina, Syd­ney and Sin­ga­pore, some­thing which started off with a sim­ple bet.

“My brother said: ‘ I bet you can’t run a marathon on all seven con­ti­nents’,” Allen says.

It was too tempt­ing to pass up, says Allen, who sur­vived leukaemia as a child.

“I felt elated but bug­gered as well when I fin­ished in Sin­ga­pore. It was 31 de­grees and 100 per­cent hu­mid­ity at 6am.”

While Allen ad­mits run­ning seven marathons in

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Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

On your bike: Pen­rose res­i­dent Kevin Allen will take part in his first Taupo Iron­man race to­mor­row.

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