Charity Ironman 70.3

Staffordshire, June 12, 2016

Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support is a British Charity that provides support for people suffering from Cancer, and for their families.

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My dad Alan has survived late-stage Thyroid Cancer since 2007, though has been back in hospital in 2015 for a total laryngectomy. My mum Pat was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2013. My father-in-law Willie was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014. My cousin Ellie has survived Myeloma since 2014. We are an average family, luckier than many.

In 2015 there are 2 million people living with Cancer in the UK today. By 2030 that is expected to have increased to 4 million.

Google Matched Donations

Please consider sponsoring me and donating money to Macmillan Cancer Research. My employer Google will match every pound or dollar that you donate, up to $6000. I am hoping to raise at least £1000!

target £1000



About the Ironman 70.3

An Ironman 70.3 is a gruelling three-legged sporting event. Athletes first swim 1.2 miles in open water. They then transition to a 56 mile bike time-trial. The race finishes with a half-marathon run.

The Staffordshire 70.3 takes place around Lichfield, in the picturesque midlands where I grew up. The swim takes place in Chasewater, the bike ride heads north through Yoxall, then south again through Abbots Bromley, through Rugeley, before ending up at Shugborough's gardens for the half marathon.

1.2mi / 2km swim

56mi / 90km bike

13.1mi / 21km run

Find out more about the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon


The Ironman 70.3 will be the hardest endurance event that I have ever attempted. In summer 2013, 210 lb (15 stone) overweight from too many Mission Burritos and long hours working at startups in San Francisco, I decided to make some changes. Over the last two years, first through cycling, then swimming, then more recently running, I'm 30lb lighter and fitter than I have ever been.

In the last two years, I've swum from Alcatraz, ridden Levi's Granfondo three times, ridden the 5 peaks of the Californian Alps Death Ride. I've competed in several Olympic-distance triathlons too. Each of these events pushed me further than had seemed possible months before. A half-Ironman is something else; something altogether scarier! It is the most extreme endurance event that I can realistically undertake at 37, with dodgy knees! I want to take it on for myself, and to raise money for this wonderful charity.