Aylesbury’s very own Ironman swam 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles and ran a 26.2-mile marathon consecutively in France to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support last weekend.
After eight months of training, Dave Flynn, 30, decided to tackle his first Ironman race as a thank you to nursing and medical staff that have helped his father Paul fight throat and lung cancer. He has raised an impressive £3,425 for Macmillan so far. Dave undertook the biggest race of his life in Nice despite a knee injury which at one stage threatened his hopes of taking part. But the Bearbrook Running Club member completed the distance in 13h 51m 07s. Many of his family and friends went along to cheer the Chelsea fanatic on, including emotional dad Paul.
“Doing the Ironman was my way of giving something back and saying ‘thank you’ to everyone that’s helped me and my family on this tough journey,” Dave said.
“The treatment my dad’s received has been amazing and, as a family, we’re all thrilled that he’s still here with us.
“I tried to remember how strong my dad’s been throughout his treatment and that really spurred me on.
“I knew I had to test myself to the max to make the whole thing worthwhile and that’s what I did.”
Dave, who is a member of Bearbrook Running Club in Aylesbury, is hoping that his fundraising efforts will eventually top the £4,000 mark.