Despite being injured, 72-year-old farmer Mervin Mullard completed the 35 mile Montgomery Canal Triathlon.
The event was made up of a 17 mile cycle ride, an 11 mile run and a 7 mile canoe race to the finish. During the ride, Mervin came off his bike and injured his shoulder and knees, but dusted himself off and got back in the saddle.
Mervin said: “At the halfway stage of the ride I went over the handlebars. I got back on but then had a puncture that couldn’t be fixed, around three quarters of the way through, so the hunt was then on for a new bike.
“I ran with the damaged bicycle to meet my son-in-law, Darren, at Welshpool’s Tesco supermarket, swapped them out and then was on my way.”
“The run went well and the canoe stage was also alright, but it was such a hot day there was no shade on the water and you found yourself caught in the full glare of the sun.”
Due to the delays Mervin believes he completed the course in less than six hours but is waiting for his final time.
Mervin added: “The accident was one of those things, the marshal thought I knew where I was going but I didn’t, I went the wrong way downhill, he shouted for me to stop, which I did, but when I hit the brakes, over I went.
“I had to carry on, I said I’d finish it and that’s exactly what I did and it was worth it as it was for such a good cause. I have a few big bruises and one of my knees still hurts but I’m recovering well.”
Mervin has been a fantastic supporter of R.A.B.I’s Shropshire committee for a number of years. In 2017, he ran the London Marathon in aid of the charity. He’s now considering a challenge for next year.
Pictured above are NFU president Minette Batters and Mervin Mullard. Pictured on the right is Mervin at the end of the triathlon.