Fitness fanatic Martyn Abbotts is stepping up a gear to take on seven challenges to raise money for the Friends of Solihull Hospital (FOSH).
The 44-year-old business development manager from Solihull, who completed a double triathlon last year for the same cause and Marie Curie Solihull, is now taking his fundraising to a whole new level.
He will be taking on the Stratford Triathlon, London 10K, Birmingham Triathlon, Shropshire Triathlon, Blenheim Triathlon and for the first time, an Iron Man distance triathlon being held in Snowdonia.
“I started doing this about seven years ago with a 10k run before gradually working my way up over the years to a double triathlon and now this year with six triathlons and an Iron Man,” Martyn said.
“I chose these charities as sadly most people will pass through them in their lives and their work is often unseen but much felt.
“They are good people with good hearts and are the real heroes.
“They don’t get the funding they deserve and do a job that’s bigger than anything I could ever do,” he added.
Martyn said he is ‘a little apprehensive’ about taking on the Snowdonia challenge and has increased his training ahead of heading off to the events.
He added: “Training is going very well.
“I’m doing two hours a day but need to get up to six hours, two days a week so I’m still working on that.
“I’m scared stiff about the Iron Man event if I’m honest!
“It’s longer than I have ever done before and I’m scared of the swimming – and coming last.
“I owe everything to a very supportive family, especially my wife Louise, who help pay for the events.”
Martyn is collecting sponsorship and doing a raffle to help boost funds.
Bill Jones, chairman of FOSH, said: “It is wonderful to see the effort Martyn is willing to put in to raise vital funds for the Friends of Solihull Hospital and we are extremely grateful to him for thinking of us.
“We are passionate about raising money to support Solihull Hospital.
“All the money we raise goes directly to supporting the hospital through such things as new equipment and improving the hospital environment to make the patient experience even more positive,” he added.
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