Iron lady is up for the challenge

Kelli Hirst, who is competing in the Bolton Ironman on 31st July to raise money for Diabetes UK. She is a member of City of Lancaster Triathlon. Picture Garth Hamer
Kelli Hirst, who is competing in the Bolton Ironman on 31st July to raise money for Diabetes UK. She is a member of City of Lancaster Triathlon. Picture Garth Hamer
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AN A and E nurse at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary is swapping one challenge for another by competing in an Ironman triathlon.

Kelli Hirst, from Torrisholme, is taking part in the qualifying races for the Ironman championships on July 31 in Bolton.

She has the added complication of suffering from type 1 diabetes which makes her challenge all the more difficult.

Kelli said: “It will be a real endurance test and a real challenge for me because it will be even harder to maintain my nutrition.

“I’ve had diabetes for 11 years and was actually discharged from the Royal Navy on medical grounds because of it.

“I’m fit and healthy but I have to keep my blood sugars under control.”

The Ironman challenge is a triathlon following the traditional format of swim, bike and run.

See The Visitor (20-07-11) for full story.