Iron Fordham trio hoping to raise thousands for charity

Simon Hemmings, Steve Pleasance and Michael van der Merwe

Simon Hemmings, Steve Pleasance and Michael van der Merwe - Credit: Archant

THREE executives from Quotient Bio Sciences of Fordham have signed up to compete in Ironman UK in August.

Managing director Dr Steve Pleasance is already training hard with colleagues Dr Michael van der Merwe and Simon Hemmings for the endurance triathlon.

It begins with a 2.4 mile open water swim followed by a 112 mile cycle ride and ends with a full 26.2 mile marathon.

The event is four times the length of the triathlon held at the 2012 Olympics, in which Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee took gold and bronze for Team GB.

There is a strict 17 hour cut-off for completing the Ironman event.

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While competing against each other, albeit in different age categories, the trio are raising money for Cancer Research UK and have a fundraising target of £5,000.

In addition to the punishing weekly training schedule, which will ramp up to in excess of 25 hours a week in June, they will be also be taking part in a number of running, cycling and swimming events over the next few months.

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If you would like to show your support for the team and help them to reach the £5,000 target, visit their JustGiving page: Ironman UK 2013 - Steve, Mike and Simon

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