As it is now getting close to the Brighton Marathon, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind you all why I am doing this Ironman in the first place.
Many of you will have read this all before; however I will make no apologies for repeating myself. Chestnut Tree House is so close to my heart I hope you will take the time to read the below and donate if you can.
Could you, or would you even be willing to run a marathon? 26.2 miles is a long way to run. On the 12th April this year I will be lacing up my trainers and running the Brighton Marathon. How about running a marathon immediately after a 112 mile bike ride? Why not swim 2.4 miles before that bike ride? In September this year I am intending to do exactly that, an Iron Distance Triathlon. I am raising money for Chestnut Tree House, a simply outstanding organisation that rely almost entirely on charitable donations to keep them running.
Chestnut Tree House cared for my friends Louise and Steve’s daughter during her fight against Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer, rarely effecting children over the age of 10 years old. Amber sadly lost her fight against Neurobastoma and passed away in 2013 aged just 2 years old. I was hugely saddened to hear of Lou and Steve losing their beautiful and fun filled daughter. When you first hold your newborn child in your arms, no parent expects that their life will end so soon. Louise and Steve told me of the fantastic support that Chestnut Tree House provided for them and provides for other families. I knew deep in my soul that I had to do something to help this great organisation.
I decided to compete at Challenge Weymouth 2015, an Iron Distance Triathlon. 2.4 mile swim – 112 mile bike ride – 26.2 mile marathon run. Iron Distance Triathlons are the ultimate endurance event with a time limit of 16.5 hours to complete. I have never done anything like this before. Not even close! Perfect preparation for the Iron Distance Triathlon race is to compete in a marathon and I am extremely proud to be representing the Chestnut Tree House team in 2015. I will also continue to raise money for Chestnut Tree House throughout the rest of 2015, culminating at Challenge Weymouth on the 13th September.
Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for over 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions. They cover East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire. Chestnut Tree House care services extend to the whole family – not just the child, but mums, dads, grandparents, sisters and brothers. Their aim is to make every day count. The good days, the bad days and the last days.
Chestnut Tree House rely on £3,000,000 of charitable donations per year to provide their care services. It is my aim to raise £6850, enough for a single days care.
If you would like to help me reach my fundraising target, please donate here https://www.justgiving.com/Iron-Snook
Your support is hugely appreciated and will keep me going through the 100’s of hours of training that I have ahead of me.