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Ironman 70.3 Greece April 2019

Huge waves and long climbs then a 21km shuffle!

That is the best way to describe my Ironman 70.3 in Greece earlier this month. Having recently had knee surgery, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to take part, but I’m glad I did.

I made the trip with my wife Lynn and son Jack. We decided we could at least enjoy some family time if my knee didn’t hold out.

We woke up to a nice morning but a bit windy. From our balcony the sea looked calm, however a surf board would have been handy so I was grateful to finish the 1.8km swim in 44 minutes!

Onto the very hilly bike ride – in fact virtually no flats so very little time to rest as the downhills were over so quickly. The 56 mile route consisted of two laps with two climbs and two downhills. I completed the cycle ride in 3 hours 40 minutes.

So now for the 21km run – not a lot of running more a shuffle (walk due to my knee op a few weeks ago, lack of training and tiredness).

My overall target was 8 hours 30 to hit the cut off and get a medal and I made it by 3 minutes with a 3 hour 20 minutes run – over 2 hours slower than my best half distance but a great feeling to cross the finish line.

As always, we are raising money this year for 4 very deserving children’s charities.

The Openwork Foundation Cares4Kids

The Openwork Foundation staff and advisers raise money for good causes. As a member of Openwork this is a charity I support every year.

Holding on Letting Go

Holding On Letting Go is a Kent based charity, helping children to cope with the death of someone close to them.

Stacey’s Smiles

Stacey’s Smiles promotes awareness of “Neuroblastoma” (childhood cancer) by creating special memories for Neuroblastoma Families.

We are Beams

Beams is a local charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.

Through our fundraising events and my sports challenges, which will include Ironman Bolton on 14th July 2019, we are hoping to raise £10,000.

If you’d like to help us, we’d be grateful for your support by sponsoring us here.


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