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Simon signs up for challenge of a lifetime
11:50am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Local
A REDDITCH man is gearing himself up for the fitness challenge of a lifetime.
Simon Ellison, aged 39, from Winyates East, will be taking part in the arduous Ironman Wales challenge.
He admits he comes from a non-sporting background, but took up running two-and-a-half years ago as he was overweight and suffering from sciatica.
Ironman Wales take place on September 8 and consists of a 2.4 mile swim in the sea, 112 miles of cycling around the hills in Pembrokeshire and then a full marathon run.
Mr Ellison said: “It is supposed to be one of the toughest courses.
“Not being able to swim is one of the reasons I chose this event, as it’s meant that I have had to deal with some real deep rooted fears. I have taken up open water swimming at Upton Warren with the help of the instructor, Joe, and friend Dave Harrison.
“Training has been emotionally tough due to my father being ill after Christmas and sadly passing away at Easter time.
“In preparation this year, I have also managed to complete the Cotswold Classic middle distance triathlon, I’ve run three ultra distance races, have run several half marathons, and I am regular at Arrow Valley Parkrun in Redditch on a Saturday.”
Mr Ellison is taking part in the challenge to raise money for the charity Scope and would appreciate any donations. The charity provides guidance and support to disabled people, helping them to overcome life's obstacles.
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