Making history with the first indoor ironman challenge in Ireland for CMRF
They say it takes a crisis to bring the best out of people, and these days’ people are going to great lengths for sick children in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin. Friends Ian Purcell, a Physical Therapist & ITU Level 2 Triathlon Coach, and Kevin Ryan, Chairman of the Clonmel Tri Club, are doing an indoor ironman challenge this Sunday 3rd May in Clonmel Co. Tipperary to raise funds for CMRF Crumlin. The two friends are making history with this being the first indoor ironman challenge of its kind to take place in Ireland.
Ian and Kevin are doing this challenge because they want to make a difference by raising €10,000 to support the incredible work done every day in Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
"Over the last eight months one of my own children has been up at Crumlin getting treatment for a fairly serious diagnosis. We've been in and out over the last eight months so I guess now is a better time than ever to give a little bit back," says Ian, "it kind of just struck me there two weeks ago when my child was up for some more surgery that we can do something now, and what better to do than an indoor ironman challenge. This is something we are completely unprepared for and it will really challenge us to our limit."
"An ironman triathlon is a crazy distance, you know it’s 226.3 kms in total so you have to swim just over 3.8 kms in the water then you cycle just over 180 kms and then you run a full marathon after it. So for most people you're looking at 12- 17 hours to complete it. Generally it is about 30 weeks of training to put in for preparing properly for an ironman. So for us to do one within two weeks untrained is a massive ask. We will do it out of sheer stubbornness alone and we would have a fairly decent base level of fitness between the two of us. But we've no specific training done for this particular one especially since it's a new concept being an indoor one. As far we are aware this is the first one done in Ireland that is completely indoors and the distances are exact to the metre as well."
Both Ian and Kevin, along with thousands of other Irish families, have experienced CHI at Crumlin first hand. They have seen the phenomenal care and treatment given to sick children every day. The COVID19 crisis has given Ian and Kevin the gift of time to put a well-intentioned plan into action by utilising their passion for fitness and exercise to create this event. The ironman will be streamed LIVE on Facebook and Instagram on Sunday 3rd May, and they encourage anyone who is interested to join in and support them.
Ian explains how the virtual event is gaining support around the country while also adhering to social distancing measures: "there's a few more of our friends who are going to join us for a part of the cycling and running on treadmills at home. So far we have well over 100 families in Clonmel who are taking part on the day, and doing it in their own gardens and estates within the 2km radius limit. It's after taking Clonmel by storm, we were front page of the local paper this week. It's seemed to have created a little bit of a buzz because even if your kids haven't been to Crumlin Children’s Hospital we all know somebody who has had kids in Crumlin."
"As a parent you're always hoping that you never have to bring your children up to Crumlin or to Temple Street. I think it has struck a chord with a lot of people around the area. My own wife and little baby daughter will be knocking around here, and my son will be on Zoom too. That will be great support. We are cycling on a virtual cycling platform called Zwift and we have quite a lot of people engaged with us on that already who are committed to cycling part if not the full distance with us on Sunday morning."
Full details about Ian and Kevin's ironman challenge, how to get involved and donate can be found here.