Gerard Predergast Wins Deca Ironman UK

Gerald Predergast

Ten Iron Distance Triathlons in Ten Days

Gerard Predergast has won the DecaUK ultra endurance event and with it has become only the second ever Irish person to complete ten long/iron distance triathlons in ten days.

The father of three completed his gruelling challenge at 11:06pm last Friday night, crossing the line in first place with a cumilative time of 158hrs 09mins and 04secs.

He beat his the second place finisher Dave Kershaw by four hours with Rob Duddington in third place a further four hours back.

Gerard Predergast Pre Swim DecaUK 2017

extraordinary achievement

Over the course of his ten Iron distance races, the Dubliner spent 12hrs 36mins in the water, 87hrs 44mins on his bike and 57hrs 48mins running - all on a short looped circuit at the Eton Dorney rowing centre near London.    

Following his extraordinary achievement, Prendergast told the Irish Times that it was brilliant to complete ten Ironman distance races in ten days.

Prior to the DecaUK, Prendergast had completed a number of Ironman full distance and 70.3 events in Dublin, Wales and Lanzarote but he said the DecaUK was the biggest challenge of his sporting career to date.

And added that he would have been happy to merely complete the race, never mind claim first place.

Gerard Prendergast DecaUK Bike 2017

Gerard's coach Bjorn Ludick said training for the Deca event was 'an entirely different beast to training for an Ironman.

"Ten times more effort is required, but we were limited in what we could fit into a weekly schedule, alongside work and family life. Early morning and late night training sessions were needed to fulfil all his demands. Weekly training involved double sessions daily, i.e. swim am, run pm. This was all undertaken in between school runs and dinner time with the family."

Bjorn added: "We had two training camps in the run up to the Deca, to experiment with his nutrition, hydration, recovery and equipment strategies. In August 2017, Ger successfully took part in a double Ironman in Mullingar, to test out all race equipment in a race environment. One more major task left on our to-do list – to introduce Ger to Gerry Duffy, DecaUk2011 winner – to chat about the mental preparation and what to expect from the race. Meeting with Gerry provided such a confidence boost to both Ger and myself, discussing the emotional rollercoaster that lay ahead, and confidence that the challenge ahead was not impossible!"

Full results from the DecaUK event are available here.