Coventry HospiceFundraising News
Keith's Monster Challenge
Published date: 22 June 2018 by Marc Dwyer
I caught up with Keith Edwards this week who is taking on the Monster Trialthlon on July 1st for Zoë's Place and Cystic Fibrosis. Keith has currently raised the incredible amount of £11,700 which will be divided 50:50 between both charities. Keith works for Mitchell & Butlers Leisure Retail Limited.
Keith, tell us about your challenge and why you have signed up to do it?
The challenge is called the Monster Triathlon and consists of a 3 mile swim in Loch Ness , 580 miles of cycling and a 38 mile run……….it sounded like a good idea at the time !
Why did you choose Zoe’s Place?
Rugby Triathlon club adopt a charity each year and a number of years ago they chose Zoë’s Place. I visited the centre and was blown away by the work they do and found the staff and nurses so inspirational I have continued to support them ever since.
Which events have you done before?
I am a keen triathlete so race a lot anyway. But every two years I try to pick a “stretching” challenge which will push me to limits. In 2014 I did the Magnificent 7 ( 7 triathlons in 36hrs) , in 2016 I cycled from Newcastle to London nonstop in 20 hours (319 miles)
How is training going? How many times/days per week do you have to train for something like this?
Training has been going really well, I tend to train 10 hours a week in total across swimming, cycling and running. For a event like the Monster it is difficult to get the volume of training in!
How long have you been taking part in challenge events, is this the toughest you’ve signed up for?
Yes this is the toughest I have attempted!
Which part of it will be toughest, the swim, the cycle or the run?
I think each element has its challenges, I know I can swim 3 miles , but Loch Ness is going to be VERY cold. The cycling will be the fatigue after 100’s and 100’s of miles. And a 38 mile run is LONG way!
3 miles of swimming sounds extreme how long do you expect that to take?
Swim is my worst event so I think I will take about 1hr 40 minutes.
Is there anything special your taking in the kit list?
Good padded cycling shorts!
Any tips for anyone thinking of doing the challenge in future?
All things are possible if you commit and train for them. Pick a challenge where you enjoy the training.
How has your fundraising gone, are there any supporters you want to thank in particular?
I have been so pleased and blown away by the number of friends, family and colleagues who have sponsored me . I set a target of £10k but have smashed that and am heading for £14 may be even £15k.
How do you plan on celebrating?
A beer or 2 and a big burger!
Good luck with an amazing challange Keith and thank you for raising such an incredible amount of money for the hospice. All of the staff and the children will be rooting for you!
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