Trio train for charity triathlon

By Surrey and Hants News in Other Sports

Three men are doing an ironman triathlon to raise money for local charity Help4Harry.

Help4Harry was set up to assist Harry Barnley, eight, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and attends William Cobbett Primary School in Farnham.

Taking on the challenge - which comprises a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle ride and a marathon, all within 15 hours - are Danial Shehan, from Dockenfield, Richard Littlewood, from Four Marks, and Simon Hewitt, from Alton, collectively known as Harry’s Ironmen.

Mr Hewitt said: “I’ve always enjoyed raising money for charity. I’ve cycled Land’s End to John o’Groats for Cancer Research, completed a 245-mile cycle within 24 hours for Southampton PICU, and done smaller events like cycle around the Isle of Wight for the local Scouts.

“When chatting to my dad one afternoon he said to me ‘it’s about time you did something again, one to raise awareness and funds for charity, and two to lose a bit of weight’.

“So I decided to take on the challenge of an ironman triathlon. I asked two friends to join me and they were keen to jump on board.

“I’ve organised the swim, cycle and run to take place locally, so locals can cheer us on and support us!”

The event takes place on August 26, starting at 4am with the swim at Churcher’s College in Petersfield. From there the trio will cycle 12 miles to Alton before completing five 20-mile laps on the A31. The marathon will start with four five-mile loops around Alton, accompanied by supporting runners, before leaving Alton for a six-mile run to the 7pm finish in Upper Froyle at the Hen and Chicken pub, where a party will be held.

To sponsor them, visit justgiving.com/harrysironmen.co.uk, or text HIMM78£5 or HIMM78£10 to 70070.