30th June 2012
Darren Bowler, one of our trustees was once known as "the fat controller". Amazingly, he is doing an incredible iron man event in Switzerland in a couple of weeks. It involves a 3.8k swim (in the lake with 2500 others) , 180km cycle (through the Alps) and finally he has to run a full marathon. He is doing this quite ridiculous event (which sounds to me like 12 hours of utter pain) all to Aid the Christian Blandford Fund.
Here he is with another Trustee Amy and Rachel from St George's
This is what Darren writes...
I've bored most of you before about my triathlons but this time the mid life lycra crisis has spiraled out of control !!! . On July 15th I'm attempting IRONMAN ZURICH . That's a ridonkulus 3.8k swim (in the lake with 2500 other idiots!) , 180km cycle (apparently there are a few hills..ie the alps !) followed by the small matter of a marathon . My target is to complete it in 14 hours .
The good news is that I'm not asking for your hard earned cash to donate to some big charity where you are never really sure how/where your money is spent ....because I'm actually going to be spending the money myself ! . No not on a new spanking carbon bike . I am one of the trustees of the Christian Blandford fund and my focus has been spending the cash we have raised . The aim of the Christian Blandford fund is to improve the comfort of children and their families, particularly those affected by cancer, during prolonged stays in local NHS hospitals .
Over the last couple of years we have been able to make a real difference . A couple of months ago we saw the opening of a paediatric patients playground at St Georges hospital Tooting . The CBF contributed 30k to the cost of providing a real oasis for kids during their say in hospital . We have funded parents lounge , ultrasound machines to reduce the pain of frequent injections for kids , new sofabeds for parents who spend weeks...even months in hospital with there kids ,laptops and kindles for the kids to use ....the list goes on and on so please check out the site for all the details .
Please support me in my fundraising safe in the knowledge that every penny donated (we have NO costs) will be spent wisely and will make a real difference to kids and there parents during prolonged hospital visits .
The Virgin Money Giving page is here
Darren completed this grueling event in 14 hours ours, here is what he writes...
I just wanted to say a big thanks to each and every one of you for your support for my Ironman attempt on Sunday .
My day started at 7am with a gentle hour and a half swim . Then it got difficult ! .... The 7 1/2 hours on the bike was a
real slog . Hampered by rain ,wind and even hail, it was fair to say morale was fairly low at times . 180km later I was desperate
to get off the bike.... even if it did mean starting a marathon . I managed just over 2 hours for the first half but then ran out
of steam and finished the run in 4:45 . My target for completing the Ironman was 14 hours .....I finished in 14 hours and 40 seconds ! .
Your support and generosity helped keep me going on the day and thanks again from all of us at the Christian Blandford fund . So far
a staggering £12,500 has been raised . Mark my word every penny will be wisely spent ! .
All the very best Darren
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