With athletes up and down the country getting in shape for Ironman UK, a Leeds based recruitment consultant has been pounding the pavements in preparation for the 140.6 mile triathlon.
Matt Brooks, Partner at Leeds and London based specialist recruitment firm, Eyzon Ltd will be taking part in the Ironman UK triathlon, which will see hundreds of participants take on the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run in Lancashire on the 19 July.
Having lost his grandfather to dementia on Christmas Day in 2007, Matt decided to take on the challenge in support of Alzheimer’s Society, the leading UK care and research charity for people with dementia.
Matt said: “Having not only seen my grandfather suffer from dementia but also the strain it put on my grandmother, now 98 years old, who was his carer, I wanted to give something back and not only raise as much money as possible for the vital work Alzheimer’s Society do, but also take part in memory of my grandfather.
“Those who know me can vouch for the fact I am not a natural athlete so training for the Ironman Triathlon has not been an easy journey. I just hope by taking part I am able to give something back to the charity which is very close to my heart.”
There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK with the number set to rise to 1 million by 2021. With no current cure, charities such as Alzheimer’s Society are vital for providing information and support, as well as funding medical and social research with the ultimate goal of defeating the disease.