A Solihull father is preparing to take on a triathlon to raise money for a cause close to his heart.
Kevin Justice, from Knowle, will be tackling the first Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire event as part of the ‘GR100’ team on Sunday June 14, with the hope of raising £2,500 towards the Gordon Ramsay Foundation.
“This event is completely different to anything I have ever done before,” said the 37-year-old financial director.
“I fancied a change to the other events I have done in the past, and Ironman 70.3 looked like the challenge for me”.
Kevin has already managed to raise £2,100 towards the event and has secured sponsorship from Lloyds Indian Restaurant in Knowle.
“People have been really generous and supportive with their donations,” Kevin added.
“I hope to exceed my target and in these last eight weeks raise as much as possible.”
The Gordon Ramsay Foundation raises money for five charities, including Cancer Research UK, Scottish Spina Bifida Association, Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care, Action Against Hunger, Meningitis Now.
“Cancer Research UK is a particular interest of mine. I’ve lost a couple of friends to cancer, and in 2005 my granddad, Harry Brown, passed away after suffering from prostate cancer,” the father-of-two said. “This will be at the forefront of my mind on the day of the event.”
The event will consist of a 1.2 mile swim in Chasewater reservoir, a 56-mile bike course through Lichfield, Burton-upon-Trent and Cannock Chase, and ends with a 13.1 mile run to the finish line.
Managing a busy work-life along with two young children, Harry, aged two and Tom, aged four, Kevin admitted fitting in training has not been easy.
“Getting up around 4.15am allows me to fit in a three-and-a-half hour bike ride and be back in time for breakfast with the boys.
“It’s inevitable that there will be an impact on their lives for months, no matter how much I try to avoid it by managing my training accordingly.
“On the day the adrenaline will help and carry me through, and with the causes in my mind I’ll reach the finish.
“The GR100 team consists of everyday individuals like myself, with day jobs and ordinary lives, who have decided to take part in this challenge.
“We’re not athletes and, of course, some are better than others, but we’ve generally not done anything like this before – we’re all in the same boat.”
If you would like to support Kevin, you can go to www.justgiving.com/kevin-justice-ironman