A Marvellous Ironman First

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Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
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1:05pm, 15th August

Fundraiser Andrew completes his first Ironman and raises over £1,500 for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

Andrew had his first taste for triathlons two years ago. He soon became passionate about competing and before long, his friends and family were signing-up to take part in races and training sessions along with him. 

Looking for a new challenge, Andrew decided to sign-up for his first-ever Ironman in Hamburg on 13th August. A challenge culminating in an eye-watering, 2.4-mile swim in the Alster lake, 112 miles of gruelling cycling and a marathon to boot, Andrew had to complete this Ironman in no more than 16 hours and maanged to finish in 12 hours, 11 minutes.

Andrew spent months running and swimming at 6am before work and cycled for miles around North London, the New Forest and even in the mountains of Greece, accumulating many blisters along the way.

Not one to shy away from the challenge ahead of him, Andrew started his training back on December 2016 and decided that he wanted to turn his sporting efforts into something that would make a difference for others, so chose to fundraise for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity who provide care for seriously ill children through Roald Dahl specialist children's nurses.

Andrew received support not only from friends and family, but also from his workplace, Jelf, an insurance brokers and employee benefits organisation. Jelf were kind enough to match Andrew's donations up to £300. He has since raised over £1,500 for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. 

Andrew said, "This was an amazing experience and one of the hardest things ever. I am so chuffed to complete something like this and the hard months of training come rain or shine really paid off - and to raise a good sum for the charity is amazing." We want to say a marvellous thank you to Andrew and huge congratulations to him for becoming an Ironman.

You can show your support for Andrew's first Ironman here.

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