Have you always thought an Ironman Challenge is out of your reach? This may be your moment as Cornwall Hospice Care launch ‘Your Ironman Triathlon’ and an opportunity to tackle all three elements in your own time and at your own pace.
The idea was born out of the Cornish healthcare charity’s enormously popular virtual marathon as Oli Hoare, Head of Fundraising, explains; “Nearly 500 adults, children and dogs took part, loving the fact they could run, walk or jog their half or full marathon at their own pace through May. It got us thinking and when we had to cancel our Coast and Clay Sportive, we decided to follow the challenge up with a chance to cycle 100 miles during June for another medal. We then realised that if we offered a swim in July people could attempt their own virtual Ironman Challenge!”
Each element is separate for those who only want to tackle one discipline, as Mel Evans, Events and Community Manager, says; “There’s a medal for each section so you can choose to do one or two of them if that suits you better. However, if the idea of gaining your own Ironman Triathlon medal is exciting, you can sign up now. Don’t worry if you missed the run in June, you can do it before the end of July and still qualify.”
The swim challenge will run through July and calls for entrants to either swim 2.4 miles or paddle* 13.1 miles over the month. Entry to the swim or cycle is £10 or £5 for children. If you’re already signed up and did the marathon, you’ll automatically qualify for your Ironman medal, but you can also sign up now to do the Ironman Challenge for £25. Follow these links to find out more:
The feel good factors
Mel Evans again; “We’re loving all the stories we’re receiving as people take on the various challenges from static bike cycling to rides along the byways of Cornwall. It’s great to be sharing a collective event, but without breaking the Covid rules. Then there’s all the feel-good factors from the joy exercise can bring, to the vital need to raise funds so our key nursing workers can remain on our front-line providing specialist care in our hospices for the patients in our intensive care beds.”
Both Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle have remained open and admitting patients 24/7 throughout the pandemic. The care provided is given free of charge thanks to the people of Cornwall and their vital and much appreciated support.
*The paddle includes canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders.