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Rowena Harding

I didn't know what to do when Helen was diagnosed, so I decided to do an Ironman. But you can help me do something meaningful.

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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

Event details

Ironman Bolton

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 date

16-July-2017 06:00  - 
16-July-2017 23:00

Event type

UK challenge

Event is completed


It seems like whilst I was out of the country you were busy being awesome! Congratulations!
Donation by Kathleen
on 20-07-2017
Donation by Anonymous
on 18-07-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Amazing! Well done 'ironwoman'! Xx
Donation by Helene Shaw
on 17-07-2017
£7.50 gift aid
Donation by Katherine Carrolo
on 17-07-2017
£0.00 gift aid
We saw steel 🙌
Donation by Johnny and Lynn
on 17-07-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Awesome achievement Ironman Rowena
Donation by Denise
on 17-07-2017
£5.00 gift aid
You are awesome :)
Donation by Anonymous
on 17-07-2017
£7.50 gift aid
Donation by Carol
on 16-07-2017
£2.50 gift aid
We can't be there on the day to support you (as you were for Keith) but be assured we are yelling at the computer screen every time you go over a timing mat. Go IronRo!
Donation by Kate and Keith Charlton
on 14-07-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Rowena, you are an absolute inspiration!! So glad we met on that freezing cold day at Salford Quays!! Thanks for all your advice and support - looking forward to seeing you smash this!! xxx
Donation by Tina Pye
on 14-07-2017
£2.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £605.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £605.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £728.75

Donations closed

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