Quantity surveyor John Sutton has raised £3000 for Claire House children's hospice by taking part in an Ironman event
During the week, John Sutton is a quantity surveyor for homebuilder Redrow at their offices in Daresbury, Cheshire, but outside of work he can lay claim to being a true Ironman.
John completed the Ironman Triathlon in Bolton – one of the toughest endurance events there is, including a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) open water swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) – raising £3000 for one of the region’s much-loved children’s charities at the same time.
John, 29, originally from Wigan but now living in Liverpool, only started running three years ago as part of his recovery after breaking his femur in four places in a car accident. Due to the race’s high demand, he signed up for Ironman UK in September 2018 and after almost a year’s worth of training, he completed the race at the beginning of July 2019.
John sadly lost his mum following a long battle with cancer that same month and so wanted to do it in her memory. As she had stayed in hospices during her illness, John understood first-hand the good that hospices do and so wanted to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity Claire House Children’s Hospice.
In the run up to the triathlon challenge, John underwent nine months of training that included swimming three times a week and both cycling and running three or four times a week too.
It was an early start for John on the day of the challenge with him getting up at 3am to make the 6am start time. The swim took place in the lake at Pennington Flash, near Leigh; the bike course took on a scenic double loop of the Lancashire countryside of Rivington, Darwen, Helmshore and Belmont, before a final run through Bolton’s Queens Park, finishing in front of the Albert Hall.
John completed the event in 12:45:06 and came 289th out of 1,310 finishers. He says it was his mum’s spirit and determination in life that really spurred him to push on and finish the Ironman.
This isn’t the first time John has taken part in a sporting challenge; last year he completed the Manchester Marathon and raised £1,100 for Hope House Hospice, in Oswestry. He was also part of a team from our North West division who took part in the Chester Half Marathon 2016 and collectively raised £6,000 for Hope House.
“I’ve always held an interest in the sport triathlon, so naturally Ironman was always the ‘bucket list’ event. After I completed my marathon I wanted something more challenging than just a run so bought a bike and set my sights on it.”
John’s next challenge could be an extreme triathlon such as Celtman, Norseman or The Brutal. He also fancies an ultra-marathon which is 50 miles. Until then, John’s next chapter in his life is getting married at the end of August.
“My fiancée has been a huge help in all the logistics, planning and general support that it takes to take on a challenge like a full triathlon,” he said.
When asked what he enjoyed the most about the challenge he said it’s the adrenaline rush that gets you through and the huge sense of achievement you feel when it’s complete.
Paul Moore, managing director of our North West division, added: “This is a huge achievement for John and one that I know meant a lot to him to complete. We’ve recently agreed a five-year partnership with Claire House and staff are carrying out multiple fund raising activities. John’s efforts in particular were exceptional.
“With its main hospice in Wirral, day care provision in Liverpool and outreach services to the community, Claire House does so much to assist children and their families and create memorable experiences in what can be very difficult circumstances. I’m thrilled that any money we raise as a business will help them to continue their work.”
Based at Daresbury Park, near Warrington, we are building new homes across Cheshire, North East Wales and in parts of Merseyside and Greater Manchester.
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