Local doctor, Bruce Jobling, 48 from Hale in Cheshire, has been learning to swim so that he can take part in a gruelling Ironman Triathlon, and raise money for The Christie, the cancer centre where two of his late friends were treated.
The husband and father of three, who had never swam more than a few lengths of light breast stroke before, decided on the Ironman challenge which includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle and a marathon all in one day.
Bruce, a GP in Hale and Northenden said: “To go from doggy paddle to long distance swimmer is a big undertaking so I started swimming lessons in October and have swam four times a week, every week since. That’s about 6000 lengths so far. I hadn’t run more than one 10k before but I have been training every day for eight months for this challenge.
“Last year, I lost two close friends to cancer and I am doing this to thank all of the staff at The Christie for trying to give them the best chance of fighting this disease. And, also for their care and support when medical science could no longer help. This raised my determination to support cancer researchers to find new treatments for this cruel disease, which affects the old and young.
The Ironman is over 140 miles, and if I can raise £100 per mile, that could amount to £14,000 for The Christie. That would be incredible.
Sporting events coordinator at The Christie charity, Rachael Pratt, said: “To learn to swim and take on such a demanding physical challenge is inspirational. I’m sure Bruce’s friends would be extremely proud of him and we wish him the very best of luck on the day.”
An Ironman challenge is one of the hardest one-day endurance races in the world, covering a staggering 140 miles from start to finish. Bruce is taking part in Ironman UK starting at 7am on 17th July with 2500 competitors in a lake near Bolton. To sponsor Bruce visit http://www.justgiving.com/BruceJobling2016
The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has over 43,000 supporters who raised a record breaking £15.9m in 2015/16. For more information or to find out how you can get involved, please visit www.christies.org