Written by Sean Conway
Being asked to write a blog, limit the word count and explain your event… sounds simple enough, right?
I suppose I should start at the beginning. I’m Sean Conway (another one) and I’m addicted to half-baked and challenging ideas; this one I created myself.
Starting on the 7/7/17 I will embark upon on a journey to complete 30 sprint triathlons in 30 consecutive days.
I’ve completed a 70.3 and I guess the logical step would be to go for the full distance next? It’s on my bucket list, it’s just on hold for now. I’ve run marathons, undertaken various different events for charity and toyed with this latest idea but laughed it off, as did many of my close friends. However, the idea stayed with me and I just couldn’t shake it. Tentatively, I mentioned it to my girlfriend. I’m not sure if she fully understood what I was saying, but she said ‘why not?’ I asked myself the same question.
To make it worthwhile, I decided to dedicate the challenge to local, boots on the ground charities; Ellies Retreat & The ARC Centre. Both are Fermanagh based charities whose work I am in awe off. Ellies retreat was set up out of the Nicholl’s family grief at the loss of their daughter to H-ABC (a brian function disease). It’s a new charity which helps other bereaved families through offering a space to reflect on those they have lost, celebrate their lives, and provide support in transition. The Arc Centre offers a multitude of services from support through addiction, assisting elderly people and offering services to young families.
My task is simple, 22.5km swim, 600km cycle and 150km run. My aim is to raise £5000 to share equally between the charities, to raise awareness and to show that people do value their work.
I have sent numerous emails to various companies and the first person to respond emphatically was Jake Presley from Zone 3. I am forever grateful for their generosity and support.
Triathlon isn’t a mainstream sport in my home county of Fermanagh. As we don’t have a triathlon club, I also want to encourage people to give the sport a tri(!). I’m inviting first timers to get involved via my Facebook page.
To encourage numbers and drive support, entries are only secured through a donation. A triathlon will be completed at various points around the shores of Fermanagh each day, show casing its beauty and providing the perfect back drop.
It’s going to be one hell of an adventure, thank you for reading and if you wish to donate please do so here.
I’ll be completing my challenge around my work commitments and I couldn’t have got where I am without support. I want to thank: Belfry Contractors Ltd, Lakeland Print, Castle Archdale, Ravenhall Risk Solutions, Zone 3, Mahons Hotel, Omagh Triathlon Club, my family, girlfriend and friends.