A Herne Bay student is to embark on the challenge of a lifetime by taking on an Ironman triathlon in a bid to raise £10,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Isaac Searle, a PE and sport student at Christ Church University, is aiming to complete a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon run in just 11 hours.
The 21-year-old will take part in the event in Barcelona on October 6th and his fitness will be tested as part of a study into the effects of training on amateur athletes.
Two year ago, he successfully climbed the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, but admits to feeling “absolutely terrified” by his latest challenge.
He said: “I’ve always wanted to do a triathlon but they say you should never do the Ironman as your first because it is such a long and draining experience. I don’t know what I’ve let myself in for.
“It’s quite difficult to fit in all the training around my studies and my sleep patterns have been completely ruined. I’m having to get up to go out on a bike ride at 5.30am and then go to university.”
Isaac, of Curtiswood Park Road, spends six days a week running, swimming, cycling and lifting weights and is planning to run the Tonbridge Lions Triathlon in May to help him with his fitness.
In between his training and studies, Isaac has also been busy organising fundraising events to reach his target of £10,000 for the life-saving Air Ambulance charity.
He held a quiz night at Herne Bay Rowing Club which raised £600 and will also be packing shopping bags to help raise funds. To sponsor him, go to www.justgiving.com or text IMAN55 to 70070.
The Ironman Triathlon became known for its gruelling length, harsh race conditions and television coverage.
The world championships of the event have been held annually in Hawaii since 1978 and most Ironman events have a strict time limit of 17hours to complete the race.