9th September 2016
The 2 years of training and preparation are over for Senior Tutor, Mr Mark Acher. Having been forced to delay the start by 24 hours due to severe weather warnings, he finally completed his personal Ironman Challenge. A reminder – this was a 3.8km swim in the River Teign, 180km bike ride and a 40km marathon run!
The challenge took him 14 hours and 40 minutes to complete, finishing with a 4 hour 50 marathon. He describes it as the hardest challenge he has ever undertaken. His body was rejecting food and fluids after 12 hours making the last 13 miles hellish!
Mr Acher was not alone in his endeavour. The event had a team of people behind it, all giving up their time to help Mr Acher achieve his charity fundraising goal. Members of the Trinity community played a huge part, with parent Lou Johnson swimming, Headmaster Mr Coen cycling (1/2 of the ride) and running 20km at the end, and Head of Prep Mrs Eaton-Jones turning her car into a feeding centre as well as helping with kayak support on the swim.
2016 Leaver, Ben Wells cycled behind Mr Acher the whole of the run in the role of mobile feed station, and Kim Webber Marks, Old Trinitonian, Army Triathlete and local Life Guard, actually completed the whole challenge alongside Mr Acher.
At the time of writing Mr Acher has raised over £2200 en route to his target of £3000. You can still support his charities online via this link from the school website. There is also a full report of the challenge – an inspiring read.
To Donate Online:
Calabash Trust - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/friendstriathlon
Huckleberry Foundation - https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/friendsironmanchallenge