Glenn Fisher’s Ironman adventure!
Glenn Fisher, Associate at Carpenter Box took on the ultimate challenge on Sunday 17th July by completing an Ironman Triathalon. An Ironman is a long-distance triathlon race consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2 mile run, without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.
It has always been an ambition of Glenn to complete an Ironman and he wanted to also take the opportunity to raise vital funds to the Chestnut Tree House. His fundraising target was £2,500 with all proceeds being donated directly to the cause. You can view his JustGiving page by clicking here.
Here is Glenn’s account of his Ironman challenge:
It was a long day…..!
I entered the water at 06:00 and after 1 hours 20 minutes of swimming through the cold water I was relieved to be on the bike ready to make a start on the gruelling 112 miles ahead.
After 8 hours of peddling over what felt like the Himalayas, I could not believe that I was putting on my running shoes getting myself ready to start a marathon run.
The first 8 miles of running were the toughest I have ever experienced with little shade from the hot sun. It felt like I was running in a onesie, inside a Sauna in the Sahara desert!
After struggling through, I managed to complete the remaining 18.2 miles and crossed the finish line 15 hours and 50 minutes later.
It is impossible to describe what crossing the finish line feels like, words will simply not do it justice – the experience was life changing.
Not only did he successfully complete the triathalon, Glenn also managed to surpass his £2500 target for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice which will be matched through the Carpenter Box Charitable Foundation. Glenn adds ‘your support has been truly amazing, thank you to each and every one of you, you have made a massive difference.’
Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions. It currently costs well over £3.5m each year to provide all the care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for their care and less than 7p in every pound is funded by the government, so they rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.
Glenn would also like to personally thank The Bike Store in Worthing, Up and Running in Horsham, Jasper Dicke at Goring Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic and Sara Ball at Park View Clinic for all their support leading up to the event.
Massive congratulations to Glenn for his achievement who now deserves a well-earned break to rest his legs!