Bracing himself for an unnerving challenge
Dentist tackles first half Ironman to raise cash for William’s Fund
Paul Cruci, from Kingsway, will tackle his first ever half Ironman on Sunday in aid of local charity William’s Fund.
He hopes to raise £3,000 for the Gerrards Crossbased charity, which funds research into childhood cancers.
Dr Cruci, a root canal specialist, is set to battle a 1,900 metre swim in the Thames, a 56-mile bike ride and a half marathon in the Marlow half iron distance triathalon, and hopes to achieve this in under six and a half hours.
He said: “I’ve always done a lot of swimming, cycling, triathlons, marathons and half marathons, but this is a bit more unpleasant and people might look at me and say ‘wow, that’s hard’.”
Describing the swim as ‘a bit like jumping into a washing machine’ he said the bike ride would probably be the hardest section as most of the other competitors have lighter carbon bikes.
Speaking about the other racers and his chances he added: “The trouble is, they will all be half my age.”
Dr Cruci added: “It’s really a privilege to be able to do these things. You have to enjoy it for as long as you can while you can.”
He is adamant about finishing and raising as much money as he can for William’s fund, a charity where ‘the money is directly used for the objectives of the charity’.
He said: “I’m going to finish it – unless someone knocks me off my bike, which is not going happen.
“I’m going to enjoy it and finish it and get the money for the charity, which is the most important thing.
“I hope it’s a nice day and I hope it’s not going to rain.”
Dr Paul Cruci is determined to enjoy the challenge