Sinan shows he is real Ironman

SinanKL''Sinan (Left) with service user Connor, mum Cath and Tony Eckersall collecting the cheque

SinanKL''Sinan (Left) with service user Connor, mum Cath and Tony Eckersall collecting the cheque

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A HARDY South Yorkshire businessman swapped his suit for sportswear to take on a gruelling 140-mile charity challenge.

Sinan Osman, managing director of high ropes adventure course Aerial Extreme, took on the Ironman Triathlon to raise cash for debRA.

The charity helps people who suffer from painful skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Sinan said: “EB is a genetic disorder that causes blistering and shearing of the skin from even the slightest friction and, having seen for myself the impact it can have on a child and their families, there was only one charity I wanted to support through the Ironman Triathlon.”

The triathlon was made up a 2.4-mile open water swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26-mile marathon.

Sinan crossed the line in just under 13 hours, raising £3,400 for the charity, to help fund support workers, specialist equipment and outreach nurses.

The challenge was also in honour of his friend Pete Freeland, who was an avid debRA supporter for many years.

Sinan said: “Pete was a great friend, best man at my wedding and my daughter’s godfather, and I wanted to support debRA to honour him and his family, who knew only too well how such skin conditions can severely damage a child’s quality of life.”

Tony Eckersall, from debRA, said: “I would like to thank Sinan for his hard work and determination in supporting debRA.

“His contribution to the charity will help us to continue to support many children across the UK suffering from EB and associated skin conditions.”

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