Iron man Raffi aims to sign off in style

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Scarborough’s very own iron man Raffi Aghanian is planning to sign off with a final gruelling event this summer.

The 57-year-old will enter the Iron Man Sweden on August 16, which will be his 11th and last endurance event.

Raffi began his obsession with the iron man in 2000 and went on to tackle Lanzarote five times, France on two occasions and Austria, Switzerland and Germany all once.

But due to a knee problems and a couple of health scares, Raffi will be calling time.

He won’t be going out with a whimper though, as he is looking to better his best time of 15 hours and 11 minutes, which he achieved in the 2006 Austrian event.

It will be no mean feat for Raffi though, who will have to battle through a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle and then a marathon run.

He said: “I would have loved to carry on and do more, I’m a bit sad about the whole thing, but I want to sign off in style.

“I need my left knee replacing, which doesn’t make things easy.

“I was knocked off my bike last year, resulting in bruised kidneys and I also had a heart operation recently, but I’m back up to full fitness now.

“I can’t sprint, but I can still run, swim and cycle, so hopefully I’ll be fine.

“After I’ve completed it I’ll be winding down a bit.

“I’ll probably just be concentrating on judo, wrestling and submission fighting.”