Sporting stars shine

Alumnus Joe Skipper is the first British athlete to break the British Ironman Record

Alumnus Joe Skipper is the first British athlete to break the British Ironman Record and complete a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a marathon run in under eight hours. The Sports Management graduate competed in the annual Challenge Roth Ironman-distance race along with another 5,000 competitors. Joe completed the 2.4 mile swim in 52 minutes, the 112 mile cycle leg in 4 hours 20 minutes, and then put in a 26.2 mile marathon run in 2 hours 38 minutes. Joe said: “This was an incredible achievement and I am really excited for the future. My performance has improved a lot over the last few years and it’s exciting to think about the possibilities ahead as I know I can achieve a lot more.”

Joe graduated in 2011 and registered a professional athlete but said it was not all plain sailing. “I remember in 2012 when working my bank card was refused for insufficient funds when paying for my shopping!” The young athlete is still keen to hear from potential sponsors.

Joe isn’t the only record breaker we have had from Manchester Met with current scholars like Kadeena Cox setting Rio ablaze with her stellar performance across two sports. If you’ve graduated from Manchester Met and have had an illustrious career in sport, then we’d love to hear from you. Email sport@mmu.ac.uk

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