Ironman - 1000 miles tougher!

Cycling 1000 miles to make it to the start line...


Posted: 24 May 2011
by Ellen Yeates

What?

I'm taking on the cycle ride of a lifetime across the Devon and France before competing in one of the toughest endurance one day events that you can shake a stick at – The Ironman.

Taking in the north coast, west and south of France along the way, I will be cycling on average 80 miles and spending 8-10 hours in the saddle each day, whilst still trying to keep my swimming and running up to Ironman standard!

I will be supported by my trusty parents in their mystery mobile, providing spare bike, kit and (hopefully) breakfasts and cups of tea along the way; while trying to take in the essence of France (and as much cheese and wine as I can handle)!

When?

Starting on June 7 in Exeter, I plan to cycle through Devon accompanied by as many friends and colleagues as possible, before making it on the ferry to France, across the country and trying to make it to the Ironman start line on 26 June.

In the heat of the summer, cycling over 1,000 miles will be no picnic! Although I plan on having a few…

Where?

From Exeter to Plymouth, Roscoff to Bordeaux, across the bottom of the Central Massif and down to the Cote D'Azur in Nice where the Ironman France sets a demanding course. The 2.4m swim is in the sea, battling tide and current; the 112 mile cycle takes in sea level to 1,100 metres over the Alpes-Maritimes, and gruelling 4 lap marathon greets the finishing riders to complete the day.

Why?

Because of an inspiration and courageous lady, Sandra Yeates, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2010, and the amazing support team at Hampshire Absestos Support & Awareness Group. Lynne Squibb and Diane Salisbury started campaigning to raise awareness in February 2006, following the death of their father. 

They are a independent campaigning organisation who support sufferers of asbestos disease and promote awareness of the illnesses associated with use of asbestos.

In October 2006, Diane and Lynne also supported a Lobby at the House of Commons, to campaign for the provision of chemotherapy drug Alimta to be made available on the NHS. HASAG also attended the Government’s Mesothelioma Summit in 2007.

In 2008 HASAG hosted their very first Action Mesothelioma Day in Portsmouth, and since then HASAG have raised over £20,000 for research into asbestos illnesses.

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