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Pritch crosses the iron man finish line.

Byline: Millie Thwaites Reporter millie.thwaites@trinitymirror.com

MATTHEW PRITCHARD has completed the final leg of his 30-day worldrecord-breaking iron man challenge in Cardiff.

He crossed the finish line yesterday shortly after 2pm at the Oval Basin in Cardiff Bay - completing the 30th consecutive day of the gruelling challenge.

The self-confessed wildman swam, cycled and ran throughout Wales facing half an iron man - a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile half marathon run - every day since March 1. The Dirty Sanchez star downed a well-deserved celebratory bottle of champagne after crossing the finish line before being surrounded by family and friends who'd come to support him.

When asked about what his highlight of the past 30 days was, he answered: "Now."

He added: "Considering what I've just done I feel all right.

"I've got mixed emotions really - there were loads of high points, I enjoyed every day."

The TV presenter, who marked his 43rd birthday on the day he completed the epic challenge, broke the previous world record of 22 half iron man events in a row on March 22.

The ambitious challenge hasn't come without its difficulties though with the star, also known as Pritch, breaking his coccyx after a bike crash just weeks before he was due to start.

He also broke a rib on day nine of the challenge after being blown off his bike by a gust of wind but he was determined to see out the 30 days and break the record.

He said the lowest point of the past month was breaking his rib and the uncertainty of whether he'd be able to reach the final day.

"Day nine, when I broke my rib, that was pretty tough," he said.

"It just puts doubt in your mind.

"I woke up on day 10 with a fever and hot and cold sweats but I took some painkillers and got through it."

Pritchard is aiming to raise PS100,000 for charities including Big Moose, Shelter Cymru, Guide Dogs, Friends of Greenhill and Ty Hafan and he has raised more than PS15,000 so far.

Asked how he would be marking the end of his mentally and physically demanding challenge he added: "I have a feeling I'll still be partying tomorrow."

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