Ironman triathlon challenge for charity

Martin Cunningham with Andrew Chapman and, pictured below, Sarah Chapman. (S)
Martin Cunningham with Andrew Chapman and, pictured below, Sarah Chapman. (S)
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A Ripon man is taking part in an ironman triathlon challenge to raise money in memory of a work colleague who died from a brain tumour.

Martin Cunningham, 45, who works as a transport network solutions manager for Wolseley UK, will compete in the Ironman Wales event on 
Sunday, September 14 which involves a 2.4-mile sea swim, a 112-mile bike ride followed by a 26-mile run which has to be completed within 17 

Sarah Chapman.

Sarah Chapman.

Martin is raising money for Brain Tumour Research and Support (BTRS) in memory of mother-of -two Sarah Chapman, a work colleague at Wolseley UK who died in July aged 37 after a 10-year battle with a brain tumour.

He said: “Ironman Wales ranks as one of the most difficult triathlons in the country – there’s the sea swim, a very hilly bike ride and a hilly, marathon-distance run.

“I’ve been doing triathlons for about four or five years 
and this is a natural progression.

“I’d just like to finish it – you have 17 hours overall 
to complete it but there are cut-off points throughout the day.”

Sarah, whose widower Andrew Chapman is a cousin of Martin’s wife, worked at Wolseley UK for 18 years.

Mr Chapman, said: “It’s fantastic that Martin is going to do Ironman Wales with it being such a gruelling test and I’m proud he’s doing it in memory of my wife, Sarah.

“Sarah never let her illness affect her life and tried to carry on with things as normal for the sake of her family and two sons – Nathan, 13, and Josh, 11 – with many of her friends not actually knowing the severity of her condition.

“Sarah had a great thirst for life and she has left a massive gap in all of our lives.”

BTRS is Yorkshire’s leading brain tumour charity, working closely with the clinicians and professionals delivering care in the Bexley Wing at St James’ Hospital in Leeds and Leeds General Infirmary, and funding for brain tumour research at the 
Leeds Institute for Molecular Medicine.

Donations can be made at