A Girvan man has completed a gruelling Ironman competition in aid of Brain Tumour Research.
Stewart McKinnon swam 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles and ran a full 26.2 mile marathon at the event in Tenby in Wales at the weekend. You can still donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stewart-McKinnon
Stewart said: “I was in a unique situation several years ago to organise and compete in several charity events with a driven, selfless and highly motivated team.
“My emotions were reignited when I had the pleasure of working, as Massage Therapist, with an equally inspirational group of friends cycling Lands End to John O’ Groats who were raising awareness and funds for Brain Tumour Research.
“In particular Iain Meek who was fighting the disease and pivotal in conception and organisation of the event. Unfortunately he was unable to start the challenge and lost his battle during the event after an emotional visit from the team.
“These inspiration guys drove me to start training again, with the long term goal of competing in an Ironman.
There are many worthy charities who deserve our hard earned cash but when statistics tells us that; Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer and only 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease, there is a realisation that something has to be done.
“In an attempt to successfully complete the Ironman I have scheduled (from April to September) 265 hours of training, equating to; 48 hours swimming, 118 hours on the bike and 78 hours running.
“All going well the equivalent mileage will be; 106 miles swimming, 2000 miles cycling and 546 miles running.
“The efforts of training and competing in the challenge is dwarfed into insignificance by the brave patients and families who fight the disease on a daily basis.
“The vision at Brain Tumour Research is to find a cure for brain tumours. Your donations will help fund the; £7 million per year to provide long-term, continuous and sustainable funds and support to seven centres dedicated to world-class brain tumour research and improve the outcomes for brain tumour patients.
“Support this vision of a sustainable, secure future for UK brain tumour research. We want better futures for all those diagnosed and living with a brain tumour.”