Iron challenge for brothers

Challenge: Kevin, left, and Chris Horner
Challenge: Kevin, left, and Chris Horner
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Chris and Kevin Horner are two of a kind – three times over.

United by family ties and choice of profession, they are now both officially Iron Men.

Chris, also known as Jack, has already clinched full Iron Man status. But he has now been joined by brother Kevin, who successfully completed his first half Iron Man challenge in Staffordshire, competing alongside Chris.

Chris, of Scorton, who is the watch manager at Garstang fire station and station manager at Springfield Fuels, said Kevin decided he would like to attempt the endurance challenge after watching his brother’s success.

Chris encouraged him and together they signed up for the mid-distance Iron Man 70.3 mile challenge.

It saw them completing a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run earlier this month.

Chris finished 368th out of 2,700 competitors with a time of five hours 27 minutes and Kevin, of Catterall, who is the crew manager at Garstang fire station and a builder, finished in six hours 52 minutes coming 1,507th.

Their efforts have boosted a charity with special significance for Chris’s family – the Ronald McDonald House at Manchester which provides accommodation for relatives of children receiving hospital treatment.

Chris explained that the facilities had been an immense help to his family when their son Richard had to spend several weeks in the Royal Manchester Children’s hospital earlier this year after a bone marrow transplant.

They hope to have raised more than £600.