Fancy a charity challenge with a difference? Looking to try a triathlon as part of a team? Think you have a Will of Iron?
Beth who blogs at Beauty in Beta got in touch to tell me about a triathlon challenge being organised by the Willow Foundation. I was immediately keen to get involved in the challenge, as Will of Iron sounds like a unique event for a fantastic charity. I try to take part in at least one charity event per year and as I’m already in training for several triathlons, I might as well put my miles to good use!
What is the challenge?
The Will of Iron event is a challenge to complete a full Ironman (or half Ironman) triathlon over seven consecutive days. You can take part as an individual or as a team. At the gym or outdoors. Your team can be as few as two people or as many as 200. You can also divide the triathlon by sports or by distance.
Will of Iron week is 2nd to 8th May, but the challenge can be completed at another time if these dates are not convenient. The only rule is that the challenge must be completed over seven consecutive days. Will of Iron costs £25 to enter.
Choose from the Full Iron distance (140.6) which is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a 26.2 mile run. Or a Half Iron distance (70.3) which is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle and a 13.1 mile run.
I’ve chosen to take on the 70.3 as an individual over Will of Iron week. It will be a challenge, but definitely do-able as the mileage is not too far off what I would cover in a typical training week. I’ll be aiming to raise £250 for the Willow Foundation.
What is the Willow Foundation?
The Willow Foundation are the only charity in the UK to offer special days for seriously ill adults aged between 16-40. The special day provides an uplifting and positive experience to take the focus away from diagnosis and treatment, and may be a final chance to create lasting memories. For others, it can mark the recovery from a serious illness, boost confidence and provide motivation to move forward with their lives.
To date, Willow have fulfilled more than 10,000 special days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease.
Fancy getting involved?
Find out more information about Will of Iron here and contact Beth to sign up. Follow the Willow Foundation on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date on the charity’s work.
The Willow Foundation have kindly provided me with a free entry, goody bag and running vest.