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Gerundini, 46, has won some famously tough races in the past few years including the Double Brutal in north Wales last year and the Deca-Enduroman back in 2012. He managed sixth at The Bastion last year, crossing the line in 11:44:09.

“If all goes to plan, I hope to get to 100 at The Bastion triathlon,” he says. “I have currently done 91 so have eight to do between now and the 12th July but will be competing in an event where I will do five in five days, plus three others, so I should get there.

“I loved The Bastion, it is just ace and would recommend it to anyone. I did it in 2014 and loved the course, the atmosphere and the personal attention that everyone receives.”

The Bastion starts with a 3.8km swim from the Italianate loggia down the length of the main lake before passing the Japanese tea house and heading into the scenic river section.

Athletes then tackle a 180km three-loop bike course with around 2,000 metres of ascent, finishing with a four-lap run route which is mainly off-road and finishes in front of the Hever Castle drawbridge.

For more info on this year’s race and to enter, head here.


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