Richard Carus prepares to take on IronMan Wales


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Richard Carus prepares to take on IronMan Wales

11 March 2016 Posted by Editor

Over the years I have taken on a few charity challenges, whether that be skydiving from 15,000 feet, cycling from London to Paris in three days or running the London Marathon, not to mention the various long distance cycling and running events that I have competed in ‘just for fun’. On September 18 this year, however, I will be taking on an altogether different level of challenge. At 7am I will be lining up on the beach in Tenby to start the IronMan Wales long-distance triathlon.

For those not familiar with IronMan events, the ‘race’ consists of a 2.4 mile sea swim followed immediately by a 112 mile hilly bike leg around the Pembrokshire countryside and then an equally hilly full 26.2 mile marathon. The whole 140.6 miles must be completed inside of 17 hours. There are cut-off times for each leg during the race, so, in other words, it is a race against the clock.

I have been racing in shorter standard or Olympic distance and ‘half-iron’ triathlons for a couple of years now, having been involved in cycling and running for the last eight or so years before that, so I am under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge ahead. The reason I have chosen to race in this event is that it really is the pinnacle of triathlon challenges, and for some bizarre reason I cannot wait to do it!

At this time of year, I am working on my base training. This is when I do lots of work to train or prepare my body for the months of higher intensity training and racing that follows. It means lots of time on the bike, running and swimming, working on technique and building the endurance fitness that triathlons require.

I have a really busy race calendar this year, which includes three marathons, one ultra-marathon, two half-iron triathlons, two Olympic triathlons and two cycling sportives – then the main event of course. The key objective is to stay injury free and arrive at Tenby on the Friday before the race in as good physical condition as I possibly can be (for a 42-soon-to-be-43-year-old).

Knowing that I am raising money for Rowcroft while doing all of this adds another motivating factor, I have tried to support the hospice as much as I can over the years, it is a cause very close to my heart, as it is with many of us in Torbay.
I will be fundraising throughout the year, including organising a charity six-a-side Cricket Tournament at Ipplepen Cricket Club on the 31 July. This will be a great day out for the whole family, with a BBQ and bar, so if anyone (boys and girls) want to enter a team then please do get in touch with either myself or Rowcroft directly.

I am looking to raise a minimum of £1500 so any donations will be hugely appreciated. You can find my fundraising page here

If you’d like to take on a challenge for Rowcroft, be it a skydive, triathlon, marathon or even overseas adventure, find out more on our website or email

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