http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/archive/2000/12/14/Lancashire+Archive/6053583.DECAMAN__The_Iron_Man/ DECAMAN: The Iron Man FANCY swimming the Channel, cycling the length of the country and then running from Bolton to Brighton? If by some miracle the answer is yes, then go and see Shaun Babar. The amazing 27-year-old from Horwich is training to compete in the ultimate endurance test - the Decaman. Competitors have to swim 24 miles, cycle 1,120 miles and then run a further 262 miles. The record is EIGHT DAYS six minutes! To win it, you have to limit yourself to 90 minutes sleep a night. People who take part are so physically exhausted they need a full year to recover. And yet Shaun wants to do it. "My mates call me a nutter and a psychopath. I've been called everything but it's something I want to do." he admitted. "It's held in Mexico every November and I will compete within the next three years. I'm building my whole career towards completing it because once you do it, that's it. I want to be the first Englishman to win it." Shaun, who was recently chosen as the face of Bolton Arena because of his athletics achievements, is so fit he runs a marathon every single day. He works at Halford's in Bury and runs from his Horwich home 13 miles there and 13 miles back. At the moment he competes in iron man triathlons and will continue to do so for at least another two years to build his strength up. In April he is entering a challenge in Sheffield where competitors have to run for six hours with the winner the one who covers the most distance. Shaun reckons 45 miles will win it. Then in September he takes part in an ironman contest at the Scottish National Championships. But it is all building towards the big one ... the Decaman. "Even though people think I'm a nutcase I'm really looking forward to doing it," insisted Shaun. "There's nothing else like it. It is the ultimate test. The only thing you could do after this is become a space astronaut or something." As well as the physical training, Shaun is preparing for the Decaman by speaking to some men who've already taken part in it. And though what he found out would make normal people think twice about ever attempting it, Shaun doesn't seem to have been put off. "I was talking to an Australian guy who did it and came fifth," he said. "He has had to have a year's complete rest since. He's had every infection under the sun, flu, colds, bugs of every sort. It just knocks you for six."