A brave Wellington man has raised a spec-tacular £1,300 for Macmillan Cancer Support after taking part in a gruelling Ironman challenge.

Taking on a 56-mile cycle combined with a 1.2-mile open water swim and 13.1-mile run, Martin Skehan – who heads up the team at Wellington Specsavers – completed the Ironman 70.3 Dublin course in 5 hours 38 minutes. Supported by friends and family, as well as colleagues and customers at the New Street store, Martin raised a total of £1,300 for Macmillan.

A serious challenge

‘This was a serious challenge I set myself and I’m absolutely thrilled to have completed it while raising so much money for Macmillan,’ said Martin. ‘It kicked off with a swim before we all got on our bikes for a 56-mile ride through the beautiful countryside around Dublin. After all of that, we ran 13.1 miles – equivalent to a half-marathon!

‘I’d competed in other sports challenges before but this one was particularly tough, so the training I put in beforehand certainly paid off and the energy from all of the supporters and other participants encouraged me to keep going.’

Macmillan Cancer Support aims to provide support to people living with cancer in the UK, and their families. Ensuring there’s always someone to turn to, from the moment of diagnosis through to treatment and beyond, Macmillan helps people suffering with cancer take back control of their life.

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