Our ‘Ginger Beard’ conquers the Ironman

Stock Controller Russell crossed the finish line in style at the Ironman Triathlon in Barcelona.

Russell is a man of many talents. As well as his day-to-day role as a Stock Controller at Marston’s Brewery in Burton, he’s the man behind Wychwood’s Ginger Beard character and a regular conqueror of tough sporting challenges.

Barcelona’s Ironman was no exception. It was Russell’s 10th triathlon in a long line of extreme events. He took on the 2-mile swim in the Mediterranean Sea (dodging the odd jellyfish along the way!), a 112-mile bike ride against the wind and a 26-mile coastal run from Calella to Santa Susanna.

Even after a nasty ankle injury, Russell swam, cycled and ran his way to the finish line in an impressive 14.5 hours. It turns out our real-life Ginger Beard is just as fiery and determined as the character!

Russell said: “Most people train for up to a year to take part, covering around 100 miles of swimming, 5,000 miles of cycling and around 300 miles of running, as well as loads of sessions in the gym!”

Huge congratulations Russell! We can’t wait to see what challenge you take on next…


Want to meet our Ginger Beard hero? Russell sometimes joins the mischievous Hobgoblin at events sponsored by Wychwood Brewery – keep a look out for him!


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