Triple challenge for fund-raiser Mike

20110719- Mike Talbot London Triathlon. 'Mike is taking part in the London Triathlon on Sunday 31st of July. Mike will be doing a 1.5km swim followed by a 40km bike ride before finishing off with a 10km run all in the aid of the C.H.A.S. charity. Anyone wishing to sponsor Mike can do so at the following site: http://virginmoneygiving.com/MikeTalbot. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

20110719- Mike Talbot London Triathlon. 'Mike is taking part in the London Triathlon on Sunday 31st of July. Mike will be doing a 1.5km swim followed by a 40km bike ride before finishing off with a 10km run all in the aid of the C.H.A.S. charity. Anyone wishing to sponsor Mike can do so at the following site: http://virginmoneygiving.com/MikeTalbot. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

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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