There must be something in the water over at storage vendor Veritas Software. That's the only reason Tabloid can come up with to explain why yet another Veritas staff member intends to put himself in harm's way . . . or is that hurt's way?
Last year it was local Veritas major account manager Ian Teague who jumped on board the Global BT round-the-world yacht race. Now technical engineer Paul Lancaster, 41, who last weekend competed in one of the world's toughest endurance races, the Speights Coast to Coast in New Zealand.
If a game of backyard cricket with the kids leaves you stiff for days, spare a thought for how Lancaster felt on Monday after competing in the 238km one-day multi-sport race. At the time of press it was unknown how Lancaster went on the day but he was tipped to finish in the top 20.
The gruelling 10-12 hour race has contestants running, kayaking and cycling from the Tasman Sea side of the South Island to the Pacific Ocean. In its 20th year, the race is regarded as the forerunner for endurance and multi-sport events worldwide.
It's the kind of race that makes most people tired just thinking about. Around 1000 people from all over the world compete in the race annually.
Lancaster manages to balance a busy training schedule with his commitments at Veritas with the support of his fiancée and friends. Veritas, showing it's got a bit of ticker, fully sponsored Lancaster, including airfares and equipment.