Fundraiser Goes From Broken Back to Ironman

21 June 2018

Guy, 49, from Knutsford, Cheshire, broke his back after playing rugby seven years ago.

After months of agonising pain and two major operations, Guy made a promise that he would complete an Ironman competition following his recovery.

Guy prepares for Lake Windermere

Man of his word

On 16 June, Guy kept his promise by completing Triathlon X, ‘The World’s Hardest Ironman’.

The gruelling challenge started at 4am with a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Windermere, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, finishing with a 26.2 mile run to the top of Scarfell Pike, over 21,000ft, and back down again.

Guy finished his triathlon in 18 hours and 26 minutes and described it as “proper tough.”

Guy taking in the scenery

No stranger to marathons

Guy is no stranger to challenges. The father of two has completed several fundraising events in the past to help raise awareness of blood-related causes.

In 2010, he ran the Windermere Marathon and came up with the ‘Fancy Sharing A Pint’ concept, which encouraged people to donate a pint blood.

This time around Guy especially wanted to work with DKMS to help us raise awareness of blood cancers.

He set himself a target of encouraging 226 people to register with our charity. The figure represents one person for each kilometre that he swims, rides and runs on the day.

Triathlon X was a massive success, with Guy registering just under 300 people.

Tough, proper tough

Guy, owner of Isle of Man Hearing Solutions, said: “Triathlon X was tough, it was proper tough.

“However, what kept me motivated through the wind, rain and cold weather, was knowing so many people had been inspired to register with DKMS and potentially save the life of someone in need of a blood stem cell transplant.

"All it takes is one person to be someone’s match. Through this event we’ve registered almost 300 people, and it would be fantastic if one of these people goes onto be a match for someone in need.”

End of the road: Guy almost at the end of the 112 mile bike ride

How you can help

From fundraising to volunteering, there are many ways you can get involved with DKMS.

If you are aged between 17-55 and in general good health, you can register online for your home swab kit, and take the first steps in becoming a potential lifesaver.

To register one potential blood stem cell donor it costs £40. DKMS relies on monetary donations to help cover this cost. Whilst the NHS is very supportive, it falls to charities like us to reach out to lifesavers.

Please donate online and help DKMS register more potential lifesavers.