On Sunday 27th August, Max Rusby, Ollie Bunting and James Stourton will each attempt to complete the 140.6 mile Vichy IRONMAN; swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles, and finally running 26.2 miles.
Providing all goes to plan, we will start the race at 6.00 am and will hope to finish at any time before 11.59pm. Although we aim to finish the race in under 13 hours, for three ‘men’ who necessitate an exceedingly loose use of the term ‘athlete’, the idea of 13 hours continuous exercise is somewhat ominous.
Last September, Ollie and James completed a 70.3 mile ‘Half’-Ironman, vowing on the day never to do something like that again. This sentiment was only re-enforced throughout the next week, where we found everyday battles with items as mundane as leather shoes and loos. Therefore 9 months later, it is extremely perplexing to find ourselves signed up to an event twice the length, twice as hard and most likely twice as hot.
Thankfully, in Max Rusby, Ollie and James have found some inspiration and importantly, a proper ‘Athlete’. Despite already being 14 weeks into our training, we undoubtedly face an incredibly painful 10 weeks to transform ourselves from our current state into ‘Ironmen.’ Nevertheless, the monotony of training and in-race discomfort we will experience, is very easily put into perspective by the everyday battles faced by so many people we know or have known who have been diagnosed with cancer.
In 2006, James’s mother, Nell, was first diagnosed with an extremely aggressive, though frighteningly common, form of brain cancer. Fighting through seemingly endless months of Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy, Nell has been truly inspirational. Given the circumstances, we have been incredibly blessed and we could not be any more happy and proud to have Nell with us today.
However, many are not so fortunate, with less than 19% of people diagnosed with a brain tumour surviving more than five years. Yet somehow brain tumours are still known as ‘the forgotten cancer’ owing to the lack of funding and research they receive. Shockingly, brain tumour research receives just 0.7% of the national Cancer Research fund.
Accordingly, we are supporting the Yorkshire-based charity, PPR Foundation Brain Tumour Research Project. This amazing charity was founded in 2009, with the simple aim to raise £1,000,000 for essential brain tumour research and help to ensure that survival stories such as Nell’s are not just anomalies.
We have set ourselves the target to raise £10,000 for PPR, which would make an enormous difference to such a young charity. Embracing the age-old cliché, any contribution no matter what size, would mean a great deal to us, and may just get us over the finish line on 27th August.
Thank you so much for your support,