Norfolk father embarks on year of challenges including Ironman triathlon

Published: 14.04.16

A Norfolk father is celebrating the 40th year of his life by taking on a number of gruelling challenges, culminating in an Ironman triathlon.
Norfolk father embarks on year of challenges including Ironman triathlon

Giles McCathie aims to run the Bungay Marathon on Sunday 17th April, complete the 80.2-mile Tour of Cambridge in June, Holkham Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle ride and 13.1 mile run) in July, and Ironman Weymouth in September.

Giles said: “This year I start my 40th on the planet, so I thought I'd test myself a little, a sort of ‘out-in-the-field MOT’. In doing so I thought I might convince a few people to donate to a worthy cause, Adoption UK. I am sure you would agree this seems a reasonable amount of suffering to raise a few quid. So please donate what you can.”

The real endurance test will be Giles’s final challenge, the Ironman Weymouth, made up of a 2.4 mile sea swim, a 112-mile cycle ride and a 26.2 mile run.

Giles said: “Competitors have up to 17 hours to finish so my target is just to complete it – any time better than that will be a real bonus.”

Giles’s training consists of a number of run, bike and swim sessions each week, with the constant challenge of fitting this around other commitments. Giles said: “I’m working full time and have a family so a neat training structure is one thing but sticking to it is another. I’m having to beg, steal and borrow time. Sometimes I wake up on a windy, rainy Sunday morning and just want to take things easy, going out for a two-hour run or a four-hour bike is the last thing I want, so I just have to convince myself to get going.”

Adoption UK is a cause close to Giles’s heart. He said: “People should consider adoption because it can really change the lives of others but can also change you and your family in a positive way. 

“I think Adoption UK is great because it raises the profile of adoption and offers advice and a network of support to those who need it.”

Giles is hoping to raise £500 before he starts Ironman Weymouth. If you would like to sponsor Giles you can do so by visiting his Just Giving page by clicking here.

Adoption UK is calling on anyone inspired by Giles’s challenge to also get involved. Whether you have signed up for an organised event, or are organising your own fundraising activity, and are thinking about which charity to support, Adoption UK would welcome your support and the opportunity to work together to raise much needed funds and awareness for adoption.

There is a range of events across the UK that you could sign up for with a summary which you can see by clicking here or call the Fundraising Team on 01295 752260 for more information.