Adventure: Ryan Morris’ Ironman ChallengeWritten by Jacamo in Sport on September 18th, 2017
Taking On Ironman for Manchester’s Children’s Hospital:
The Ironman name might give the game away – it’s not a challenge for the faint-hearted. Originally created in the 1970s, it’s now a global-wide series of events, known for being one of the toughest physical challenges in existence.
Ryan Morris, personal trainer and athlete based in Liverpool, decided to take on Ironman at the island of Rügen, Germany, raising money for Manchester’s Children’s Hospital in the process.
Don’t let the scenic views deceive you – this course is tough! The challenge includes a half marathon, 2k swim, and a 90km cycle. We caught up with Ryan after the race…
How was it?!
“We flew out to Hamburg on Friday and drove over to the island of Rügen to the Ironman event. The atmosphere was amazing, and it boasted athletes from over 25 nations! I competed on Sunday morning, with a huge supporting team with me, kitted out in the Jacamo tops you so kindly provided me with!
Afterwards, we were driving back to Hamburg in the car, loaded up bike and all, with extremely sore legs and ice packs on my hamstrings!”
What is the training like for this kind of event?
“Ok, So I’ve been training for the past twelve weeks. I used to do triathlons when I was younger as a GB age group athlete, but that was in the sprint distance. Since then I’ve become a PT based in Liverpool and due to injury, quickly shifted my interest to bodybuilding and competed in three men’s physique shows.”
What made you want to make the switch to this kind of training?
“I moved away from the shows early this year and was looking for a change, something more athletic. During this time searching, the Manchester attacks happened, and I actually went to collect Abi, (Ryan’s partner), from Manchester as she was on a night out. Seeing how upset she was, and how much the hospital did for the families and children affected, I then decided to do the ironman 70.3. It’s a challenge I knew I couldn’t do easily and it would push me physically to adapt and compete, and a challenge that would appeal to people when asking for sponsorship enabling me to raise as much money for the hospital as I could. Since then, I’ve been for a tour around the hospital and I have been in constant contact with the charity there and they have been amazing! The charity is what’s driven me and pulled me through the gruelling training.”
What kept you going?
“It certainly wasn’t easy, but with the motivation of everyone back home that had supported the cause and the tour around the hospital fresh in my mind, I was always going to complete it to my best of my ability! Cramp on the run wasn’t going to stop me hitting that finish line!”
How much have you raised for Manchester’s Children’s Hospital?
“So far we have raised £1,800. I originally only aimed for £1000, and we hit this in the first four weeks, so aimed to double it.”
How long did it take you to complete the course?
“I’m pleased to say I finished the race in 5 hours 37mins! Really happy with the result!
“I’d just like the take a moment to thank firstly everyone at Jacamo. Angela, Jenni and Ffion have supported me throughout this whole fundraiser. Not only did they sponsor me a bike to complete the race on, but they have provided team kit for me and the supporters that came along, as well as raising £500 through a clothing sale alongside individual donations from each of them too. So guys, thanks so much for the constant emails, meetings, and calls! You were amazing!”
“Secondly a huge thank you to everyone else that supported the fundraising! I’ve had people donate products to raffle off and do individual fundraisers and then donated the proceeds. Mum, PNI supplements, Revive Osteopathy, Brunswick Brunch Bar, Miiego and Crixus.”
“Lastly, a big thank you to Abi, my partner who’s had to put up with the late night training sessions, and who has pushed and supported me the entire way. Really couldn’t have done this without her!”
Amazing result and fundraising efforts from Ryan, who has since taken the total up to £2,074.03 ! If you want to keep up to date with Ryan’s next adventures, check out his pages here:
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