Canadian challenge awaits Sheffield Iron Man James

James Huntingdon, Emily Skipworth and Ann Wyatt A local man from Sheffield is taking on the ultimate challenge this summer when he attempts the Ironman Canada to raise money for charity.     On August 25, James Huntingdon, 36, from Sandygate, will be swimming 2.5 miles in the waters of Alta Lake at Rainbow Park, then cycling 112 miles and finally running 26 miles round the course which runs through Lost lake and Green Lake in Whistler.
James Huntingdon, Emily Skipworth and Ann Wyatt A local man from Sheffield is taking on the ultimate challenge this summer when he attempts the Ironman Canada to raise money for charity. On August 25, James Huntingdon, 36, from Sandygate, will be swimming 2.5 miles in the waters of Alta Lake at Rainbow Park, then cycling 112 miles and finally running 26 miles round the course which runs through Lost lake and Green Lake in Whistler.
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Tough Sheffielder James Huntingdon is taking on the ultimate test.

Next week he travels to Canada for the gruelling Iron Man Challenge, and on Sunday the 36-year-old from Sandygate will be in the town of Whistler near Vancouver.

First he will dive into Alta Lake in Rainbow Park, swimming two-and-a-half miles in cold waters.

Next up James will jump on a bike to cycle 112 miles.

And to finish off he will run 26 miles around a marathon course which meanders though the countryside surrounding Lost Lake and Green Lake.

He’s taking on the challenge for The Sick Children’s Trust as a thank you for the support it gave to a family friend who used the facility at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Pete Skipworth and his wife Joanne, from Mosborough, stayed at the charity’s Treetop House when one of their five daughters Emily, was being treated the hospital for small vein vasculitis.

Pete said: “Treetop House provided invaluable support during my family stays which, on occasion, have been as long as three months.

“It is heartbreaking to think that without the charity’s support, Emily might not have been able to have her family around her as she fought her illness.

“She has made it through tens of life-saving operations and, although she will always need assistance with her condition, she is now able to be happy at home along with her four sisters.

“The Sick Children’s Trust will no doubt continue to play a big part of in our lives in the future and for that I am grateful for its support.”

James said: “This will be my third Iron Man in 14 months, having completed Iron Man France in June last year and Iron Man Wales in September. I’m getting faster each time and hope to beat 11 hours 30 minutes this time.

“Emily is my inspiration and I am sure will help me through this massive challenge to reach my fundraising target of £1,000.”

Ann Wyatt, House Manager at The Sick Children’s Trust’s Treetop House, said: “We wish all the best to James for his challenge.

“If we reach our fundraising goal and are able to open a new house it means we can support more and more families such as Pete’s and continue our vital work.”

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