A Cork triathlete is taking on a 180km cycle followed by a 42km run today to raise funds for charity in what will be a gruelling 10+ hour challenge.
Ryan Mulroy, 24-year-old, who is an automation engineer apprentice with DePuy Synthes, is taking on the challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Cork, a charity that is close to his heart.
Speaking to The Echo, Ryan said, the idea came from hearing stories of Down Syndrome Cork events that had been cancelled due to coronavirus.
“As DSC is a non-Government run charity, I decided it would be a good idea to help them with raising funds. I also took part in the Tour De Munster last year and the main man who motivated me for that was my girlfriend’s younger brother, Shane Chisholm, who is 10 years old.”
Ryan, who is a member of the Cork Triathlon Club and was training for Ironman Youghal 2020, which has been postponed until August 2021, said he was hoping to complete the bike distance in six hours and the marathon in four to four and a half hours.
The cycle will be stationary, with his bike hooked up to a smart turbo in his garden and the mileage recorded on a popular cycling programme Zwift. The triathlete will then run a marathon in laps of his estate.
The young triathlete has previously complete two half Ironman distances and two 12 hour adventure races.
Ryan said he is looking forward to the challenge. “The weather is looking very good! Nice temp of 8/9 degrees for a 7am start! Overcast with the sun breaking through every now and then, and fairly warm for the rest of the day.”
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