Vet Rachel Perry is entering thefinal stages of training for her attempt the Ironman UK Triathlonto raise funds for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and the Alzheimer’s Society. This year’s event take place on August 2 in Bolton.
The event involves a 3.8km open water swim at Rivington Reservoir, followed by a 180km bike ride in the countryside around Bolton, immediately followed by a 26.2 mile marathon.
Miss Perry, a veterinary surgeon at the Lewes branch of Pet Doctors, is a keen triathlete and has been preparing for the Ironman event for the last seven months, having been persuaded to try it by her brother and sister-in-law who are also attempting their first Ironman challenge. In the final weeks before the event, she is concentrating on ‘tapering’, which reduces the volume of training, so that she is rested and hopefully at her fitness peak for the race. She will be raising money for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Pet Doctors’ nominated charity, and for the Alzheimer’s Society.
She said: “I’ve never done a triathlon of this length before so it will be the toughest challenge ever, both mentally and physically for me. I’m hoping just to finish all three events. Knowing that I’m raising money for two important charities will spur me on. I know I can run a marathon, but I’ve never tried to run one after 75 minutes of swimming and over seven hours on a bike, so I’m not looking forward to that part. I’m looking forward to all three of us in Team Perry finishing, as it’s been an emotional few months for us all.
“I lost my father earlier this year after a distressing struggle with Alzheimer’s disease so I’ve experienced at first hand the devastating effect it has on those that suffer and those who care for them. Doing the race will be a fitting tribute to my dad.”
“I’d like to thank my family, friends and colleagues at Pet Doctors, who have supported me in my training regime and who have been so generous with their sponsorship. I hope more people will decide to sponsor me so I can raise more money for these two very good causes.”