Mark Coady has set himself a mammoth challenge to kick start his New Year, taking on a 24 hour triathlon this Sunday 2nd January. The 27 year old member of South Coast Triathlon Club in Cork is taking on the one day challenge in support of the Irish Cancer Society.
Starting at 6am in Youghal, he will swim for three hours in the pool at Club Vitae, he will then take to his bike for 12 hours covering many miles across two routes, a 100k loop and 50k loop. The 100k bike loop will see him leave Youghal and head to Dungarvan, Cappoquin, Lismore, Tallow back to Youghal. The 50k sees him cycle from Youghal to Midleton Roundabout and back to Youghal. He plans to complete both loops twice to cover 300km over the 12 hours.
Mark will then embark on a nine hour run starting at the Clock tower in Youghal he will be counting down the 10k loops until he completes his 90k run rounding out his 24 hours triathlon. Mark’s 24 hour efforts do not include any transition time between swim, bike or run, this will be added to his tally so he will be on the go for over 27 hours to reach his 24 hour triathlon time target!
Speaking about the challenge Mark said “Unfortunately, many people and families are affected by cancer and having had my own family affected by cancer earlier this year, I have decided to raise funds for The Irish Cancer Society. I am very grateful to everyone who has assisted and supported me in getting to the start line of this challenge, the whole event will take place with assistance from club members in South Coast Triathlon Club and many community members and volunteers. ”
Best of luck Mark!