LOCAL athlete Mike Talbot has set himself a gruelling physical challenge to raise funds for a children’s charity.
Mike will take part in the London Triathlon on Sunday on behalf of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), the first time he has entered a meet of this size since taking up the event last year.
As the name suggests, it involves three disciplines and Mike’s class involves Olympic-standard distances for each section starting with a one-mile swim in the Thames, followed immediately by a 24-mile cycle race and finishing with a six-mile run.
A self-employed draftsman, Mike is a regular runner with Montrose and District Athletics Club Running Group and took up triathlon as a personal challenge.
He said: “It seemed like a good idea at the time. I just wanted to do something different and last year completed a couple for the Rhys Allan Fund, raising about £900.
“It’s a good way to keep fit without having to go for a marathon and doing it for a charity gives you a little more incentive.
“I took part in a half-triathlon a few weeks ago and came 10th out of 33 and in one a couple of weeks ago came 18th out of 58, so I must be doing something right.
“It’s a lot of work trying to do some aspect of training on four or five nights a week, and with three disciplines I have to look at doing something on at least four nights.”
Mike is currently raising sponsorship from friends and family, with a target of £1,500. Anyone interested in supporting him can do so through his Virgin Money Giving page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MikeTalbot