Louis Osbourne

Louis Osbourne

Ironman Barcelona 140.6

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I have decided to raise some money for two charities when I do the long-distance triathlon ‘Ironman Barcelona’ on Sunday 3rd October. [/p][p][br][/p][p]I have done many triathlons in the past 4 years since I took up the sport, including a couple of Half Ironman distance events, including Ironman Vichy 70.3 in 2019, and Outlaw Holkham 70.3 in July this year. In case you are wondering what a full distance Ironman is, it covers 140.6 miles over the event. A 2.4 mile sea swim, followed by a 112 mile bike leg, and finished off with a 26.2 mile run! I reckon it’ll take me 14 hrs +/-.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I haven’t ever raised money doing any of these previous endurance events as I wasn’t doing them for anyone other than myself, and as I do them often, I didn’t want to be that dude constantly nagging people for sponsorship. But this one is different… This one is the BIG DADDY of triathlons. It’s a huge challenge to complete it. It might well be the only one I ever do.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I’ve been training for it since the start of March, 6 days a week, under the[/p][p]supervision of a great coach, Damo Littlewood of Tri-1st Coaching, sometimes up to 16 hours a week, and I have cut out the booze for 2 months in preparation. It’s been gruelling at times, but mostly fun. I’m fitter than I ever have been, but being the 15 stone bloke I am (& that’s race weight!), I’m not the[/p][p]ideal build for this sport. [/p][p][br][/p][p]To put this into context, I’m a 46 year old ex-club DJ that spent 20+ years living a very unhealthy existence touring the world, spending most weekends in[/p][p]nightclubs. I had this lightbulb moment 4 years ago that I was going to do a[/p][p]triathlon as I needed a healthy hobby as my only other hobbies were a bit of[/p][p]Squash and going to the pub! I told my wife, she laughed at me (she fully[/p][p]supports me now though!), as did my friends, clients & colleagues… But I[/p][p]did a Sprint distance, badly, got the bug for the sport, and now here I am[/p][p]about to do an Ironman.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Truth be told I am terrified of this event. It’s a huge undertaking, I’ve done all[/p][p]the training and preparation for it, but I know how hard it’s going to be. My[/p][p]mantra the whole way through the past 7 months has been ‘[i]I chose this[/i].’ I chose to be terrified by taking part in this event, but I will come out the other side, hopefully feeling accomplished, and no doubt very sore and exhausted.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I have decided to raise money for two charities; one being the [b]University Hospitals Birmingham Charity Staff Health & Wellbeing Services[/b], who provide support to their frontline staff who are coping with the stresses and trauma of working though the pandemic including the provision of counselling services and wellbeing hubs in their hospitals; the other being [b]Acorns Children’s Hospice[/b], who provide care and support for terminally sick children and their families.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Unlike me, the people I am hoping to help didn’t chose to be terrified and to have to deal with such huge trauma, so any contributions you can make to watch my temporary self-inflicted pain will hopefully help alleviate some of theirs.[/p][p][br][/p][p]The target figure of £14060 pounds does seem like an incredibly large amount to raise, maybe I will raise that, who knows? I’m going to try. But the symbolism[/p][p]is that it’s £100 for every mile I cover in the race![/p][p][br][/p][p]My Dad said at the start of one of Black Sabbath’s very well known records ‘I AM IRONMAN’… Hopefully before midnight on Sunday October 3rd I’ll be able to say the same![/p][p][br][/p][p]If you are interested you can track me on the day on the Ironman Tracker App:[/p][p][br][/p][p][url=https://www.ironman.com/app-tracking-information]https://www.ironman.com/app-tracking-information[/url][/p][p][br][/p][p]Search for ‘Ironman Barcelona’ event, and look me up. Live data will be updated all day.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Wish me luck, see you at the finish line! x[/p][p][br][/p][p][b] [/b][/p]
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Supporters


Nov 19, 2021

Henry Porter

Great work big man!!

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 22, 2021

Anna

Well done!!


Oct 18, 2021

Nic Graham

Well done Louis, amazing achievement!!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Oct 15, 2021

Clare

Well done. Good luck xxx

£20.00

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Oct 12, 2021

Nic and Jon

What an achievement Lou!!! A-bloody-mazing!!!!

£25.00

plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Oct 12, 2021

Marilyn

Well done, Louis!

£25.00


Oct 12, 2021

TraX

Water, water...

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Oct 12, 2021

Si

Impressive. Most impressive. 😁

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 11, 2021

Christopher

well done Louis!

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 9, 2021

Emma

Congratulations Louis! You da man :)

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid

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