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Ironman Challenge for charity

27 July 2011

A Costain employee will take part in one of the world's toughest endurance events this month.

Phil Taberner, Senior ME&I QS on the EVAP D project, will compete in the Ironman UK 2011 competition, in Bolton, on Sunday 31 July, raising funds for Cancer Research and *The Rotary Club.

The gruelling event entails a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride followed by a 26 mile marathon run. The race starts at 6.00am and Phil hopes to cross the finish line before 8.30pm, a target time of 14.5 hours.

Phil first took part in the Ironman challenge last year and achieved a time of 15.5 hours.

“The Ironman challenge is something I always wanted to do and when I saw it broadcast on TV I thought: ‘I can do that!’ When I first started training I could not run three miles but I began a strict 12 month training schedule, losing two stone in the process, and completed the challenge in 15.5 hours,!”

There are 1500 competitors and the top 50 qualify for the final in Hawaii in October.  Competitors come to the UK from all over the world and this year 33 countries are represented.

“Last year we managed to raise £460 for a Bolton Hospice,” said Phil. “This year we aim to raise £2,000 for both Cancer Research and The Rotary Club.”

If you wish to make a contribution please click on the link: http://www.justgiving.com/Philip-Taberner

*The Rotary Club will distribute half the funds amongst various charities including the Leukaemia Research Fund, Marie Curie, Help for Heroes and the Childrens Hospice Association.