Local Man Shows Nerves Of Steel At Iron Man Competition

Team ChongiThe Team Chongi Academy is delighted to share in Jack Tasker’s recent success when he completed,  the gruelling Tenby Iron Man challenge on 8th September in 12 hours and 35 minutes.

He knocked half an hour off his predicted time and was supported on the day by his wife, Sheila Harish Tasker

Jack, 45, from Wistaston, a Team Chongi Academy member, is used to their challenging training. However, he looked at his “bucket list” and took the brave move to sign up for a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run over hilly terrain.

Jack said:
”Will Robinson, one of the coaches at The Team Chongi Academy, had a huge part to play in my decision to enter The Ironman competition.
He is a fantastic role model as he too sets himself constant challenges and is British Kickboxing Champion He encouraged me to enter initially and was there throughout my 20 week training schedule, reassuring me that I was more than capable of completing the task both physically and mentally.
Jake TaskerHe showed me how to maximise my training and guided me with my nutrition too.
You wouldn’t get that level of resource from a regular gym”.


Jack added:
“Sometimes it’s good to push yourself and try to be the best that you can possibly be. My Dad is really fit – he’s 76 now – and ran marathons until he was 65 – so I have a great role model to follow.
I also could not have done this without the support of my wife Sheila. She has helped me to prepare and joined me at some of The Team Chongi Academy classes, such as Power Training Circuits and Power Development coached by Mark Russell & William Robinson. She’s kept a keen eye on my nutritional input, making sure I kept the fine balance between maintaining muscle mass and body weight.
I’ve changed the way I eat, to every three hours and this includes lots of protein too.
On the day of the event,  Sheila was up at 3.30am preparing a bowl of Mornflake Porridge Oats made with protein powder and full fat milk, now that really is love and behind every Iron Man there is an Iron Lady!”.

Will RobinsonTeam Chongi Academy Coach and British Champion Will Robinson commented:
”This is a fantastic physical and mental feat and we are delighted for Jack  His achievement was as a result of months of dedication to training and the structured approach he took to ensure that such intense training focus would enable him to produce his optimum results”.


Mark RussellMark Russell, Head Coach and Owner of The Team Chongi Academy added:
”Jack has inspired the Team. It is important to acknowledge that training is as much to do with preparing yourself mentally for challenges as well as ensuring that your body can cope with the an event’s demands.
It’s not always about being first, we are here to support team members and others in the community too.

If you would like to come along and have a look at what The Chongi Academy has to offer, we are based at Eaton Street or visit www.teamchongi.com and take up the opportunity of a FREE GYM TRAIL.

Story by Sarah Cheffins, Photo of Jack by Sheila Harish Tasker