Dad tests his met­tle with fi­nal iron man chal­lenge

Fundraiser ready for sixth and fi­nal epic triathlon in Mal­lorca

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FA­THER is com­ing to the end of his gru­elling six triathlon chal­lenge which he set him­self to raise cash for a chil­dren’s char­ity.

Che­sham born Pat Bar­rett has so far com­pleted five out of six of the chal­lenges and has raise more than £800 for Chil­dren with Can­cer UK.

The fa­ther-of-two com­pleted the Mad March Triathlon in Dorset in March, the Ocean Lake Triathlon in Kent in April, the Salty Sea Dog Chal­lenge in Boscombe in May, the Redricks Lake Triathlon in July and the Mar­low Half Iron­man in July.

On Septem­ber 26, Mr Bar­rett will com­pete in Iron­man Mal­lorca, which will see him swim 2.4miles, the equiv­a­lent of about 160 lengths, cy­cle 112 miles and run 26 miles.

Mr Bar­rett is fund­ing all the travel and event fees him­self so that all the money raised goes di­rect to the char­ity.

Mr Bar­rett said: “I just wanted a new chal­lenge, I’ve never re­ally been into swimming, so that was the main rea­son re­ally. It’s been tough, but it has gone well so far. I didn’t swim much be­fore this, when I started about 10 months ago I’d swim four lengths and need to stop, but in Mal­lorca I’ll be do­ing the equiv­a­lent of 160 lengths. It’s okay once you start get­ting into it.”

Mr Bar­rett said he is look­ing for­ward to his fi­nal chal­lenge.

He said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to it be­ing over but I’m also look­ing for­ward to do­ing it, I’ve done enough train­ing now so I just hope it isn’t too hot and they’re hav­ing a heat­wave. I have a cou­ple of days there af­ter­wards when I plan to be chill­ing.”

Mr Bar­rett, who raised £1,300 for the Wy­combe based char­ity Skidz last Oc­to­ber by com­plet­ing the Spar­tan Beast in mem­ory of a close friend who passed away in 2013, is hop­ing to raise at least £1,000 for Chil­dren with Can­cer UK.

He added: “I’m just very lucky to have two healthy chil­dren, a lot of peo­ple are not that lucky. I’ve had lots of sup­port from peo­ple but most of them think I’m mad.”

To spon­sor Mr Bar­rett visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ Pa­trick-Bar­rett1.

FOR THE KIDS: Pat Bar­rett has been tak­ing part in triathlons to raise money for char­ity

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