A Principality Building Society employee showed his ironman spirit to finish a gruelling triathlon challenge for MS Society Cymru.
Simon Tippet, who works at Wales’ largest building society, took part in the Outlaw Triathlon 2014, swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running 26.2 miles to raise £265 for MS Society Cymru, Principality’s Charity of the Year.
Despite warm temperatures and having an accident on his bike Simon managed to complete the challenge in 12 hours and 16 minutes, finishing the swim in one hour 27mins, the bike in six hours three minutes and the marathon in four hours and 32minutes with a further 12 minutes in transition.
Simon, aged 42, said: “I have taken part in a range of challenges over the last few years but I wanted to do something special to help raise money for MS Society Cymru.
“I was delighted to complete the challenge and raise money for this deserving charity. 140.2 miles might seem like a struggle but many people face bigger challenges every day. Whilst, there is currently no cure for MS research will hopefully help to change this.”
Staff at Principality Building Society’s Cardiff-based head office, 53 branches and 17 agencies across Wales and the borders voted for MS Society Cymru as their latest official charity.
Employees at the Society have a long history of significant fundraising for Welsh charities, last year bringing in more than £69,500 for British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru through a wide range of fundraising activities – from bike rides and bake sales to walks and bag packing.
Iestyn Evans, MS Society Cymru Fundraising Manager, added: “It’s down to the amazing efforts from individuals such as Simon that make it possible for us to provide vital support for people with MS in Wales and carry out world-leading research to find a cure and beat MS.”
Notes to Editors
100,000 people live with multiple sclerosis in the UK. Every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with MS.
MS is usually diagnosed between 20 and 30; news that can be scary and heart-breaking. MS can get steadily worse, or symptoms can come and go unpredictably throughout your life.
The MS Society is the UK charity for people with MS. We’re fighting for better treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives, and we’re funding research that we believe will beat MS for good. We’ve already made important breakthroughs, and big advances in MS treatments are possible within our lifetimes.
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