What do horses,kids,bikes & cancer have in common?
Last year, my triathlon buddy Helen was diagnosed with incurable cancer. I didn't know what to do so I decided to do an Ironman. Seriously, I can't explain it but I think I felt by doing something not fun I could take away some of her pain. Of course, that's rubbish, and I've actually seen less of her than I'd like due to swimbikerun.
While I've been off learning to ride a bike, she's been helping disabled kids to ride horses. As someone with a dislike of both children and horses, I question this combination but it makes her happy. When she has a grumpy day after weeks of chemo, she throws a kid on a horse, they feel free, they smile, she smiles. It's pretty simple lovely stuff.
But this horse business is even more expensive than triathleting, so can you please all buy me a virtual pint in donations and we'll get this riding group super well funded so hundreds of kids get rides and she gets hundreds of smiles.
If you want to know more about her story visit the BBC programme at 1hr 35 at this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08swwy7/athletics-great-manchester-run-2017-1-live-coverage
It's a 2.4 mile swim. A 112 mile ride (which must be done at a certain speed or your disqualified) And a marathon.
No outside assistance, no friends passing drinks, no drafting, no nice bloke helping you change a tyre. No public urination, no littering, no showing your midriff and no public nudity. And I pay a lot for an entry fee.
Event is completed
with gift aid: £728.75
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