Brac­ing him­self for an un­nerv­ing chal­lenge

Den­tist tack­les first half Iron­man to raise cash for Wil­liam’s Fund

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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