Sarah and Lucy's Ironman sister act
TWO SISTERS, who showed no interest in sport when they were at school, both completed the UK Ironman Challenge – and neither knew the other had entered.
Sarah Burns and Lucy Morwood from Poundstock, near Bude, both went to Marhamchurch Primary School and St Joseph's School, Launceston.
The daughters of Dr Charles Morwood and radiographer Gail, they had to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 14 miles and run eight miles as part of the competition.
Sarah, 30, currently a senior house officer (SHO) in Plymouth, completed the Ironman in Bolton in 10 hours, 56 minutes and 3 seconds, with a marathon time of 3 hours and 31 minutes, coming first in the 30 to 34 age group and fifth female overall.
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This year she has also completed the Jurassic coast challenge, comprising three marathons in three days from Weymouth to Poole.
She set a new course record for The Classic Quarter, a 44-mile run from the Lizard to Land's End. She also did the South Downs Way 50-mile and came third after having got lost.
She is collecting cash for the Rotary Charity Fundraisers, particularly as they are supporting a polio eradication programme in Africa.
Lucy, 28, is a captain in the Royal Engineers, specialising as a bomb disposal officer. She completed the Ironman in 13 hours, 9 minutes and 34 seconds, coming eighth in the 25 to 29 age group and having had a problem with her bike in the cycle section.
This was the first time she had ran a marathon so was pleased to complete it in 4 hours 44 minutes.
Last year, she competed in the Beirut Triathlon, which she won and this year she has competed in several triathlons always coming in the top three.
She entered the UK Ironman this year while she was serving in Afghanistan.
She finished her six-month tour in March and neither sister knew that the other had entered until Lucy came back.