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Move over Tony Stark, because there is a new Ironman in town. This 6th July the pupils of Upottery Primary will take on the challenge and hope to achieve the status of Ironman – and raise some money for the schools’ outdoor classroom.

For those not in the know – or only interested in marvel superhero’s, an Ironman challenge consists of a 2.4 mile run, a 112 mile bike ride and then, just for a bit of extra fun a 26.22 mile run or 3.86, 180.25 and 42.2 km respectively (if you prefer). Now for this 32 year old man just writing that out made me cringe with fatigue and dream whimsically about a cup of tea and a scone, but the pupils – or Ironlets as I will now refer to them – of Upottery are not to be deterred.

Being more inclined towards a gentle stroll along the Axe I must confess that I didn’t know much about the Ironman challenge, so I have done some research. The tradition appears to have started in Hawaii in 1978, and in order to be granted to status of full Ironman all three challenges must be completed in less than 17 hours which is no mean feat.

The Ironlets will be completing this in a cumulative effort and to my mind this by no means lessens the achievement, just like the Avengers come together to fight the forces of evil, so the Ironlets will join up and conquer the challenge.

The creativity involved to get the whole school to contribute is fantastic, with younger children being allowed their scooters instead of bikes, older children doing longer runs and hopefully, parents supporting by wearing grass skirts and possibly sipping on a Pina Colada (rum optional).

Family, friends and anyone else interested should be encouraged to donate as this sounds like a great challenge, a great day out and a way to generate funds for an all weather outdoor classroom which sounds like a fantastic addition to any school. I’m looking forward to hearing their completed time and who knows maybe Thor will turn up to show his support! May The Force be With them, hang on, wrong universe…