Tom Hufton = Ironman

IMG_3204Nowadays, it seems that every week we’re bombarded with ‘just giving requests’ through facebook. If we were to donate to all the 10k runs, we’d, and certainly I, would be bankrupted.

It’s tricky with all these fundraising events to know which to sponsor; deliberating between equally deserving causes is a mission in itself. In an ideal world, we’d like to be able to donate to all, but we can’t. So now, I’ve developed a new system to avoid feeling bad.

Uniformly charitable giving is worthwhile, we can’t debate that. What we can do – is differentiate between the challenges people have set themselves.  Walking a mile – no donation, running a mile – no donation, 10 k run – no donation, a marathon – deserves a donation, but so many people are doing them I limit to first two first served.

Juggling challenges; 100k bicycle ride versus a marathon, for example, still can be frugally frustrating. So, when I found out what Tom H was really doing, what an Ironman really was, I was relieved. There is no way that a  2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break, doesn’t deserve to be sponsored.

Tom H trained for months, he set aside every weekend to cycle, swim and run. Working a full-time job, exercising through the night, his dedication was unrivalled in anything I’ve seen before.

It wasn’t until, however, he arrived here in Montauroux, that I realised the true extent of his achievement – what he was willing to endure for his cause. Look away now if you’re squeamish, or don’t like feet…

huffy feetThe underside of his heels are just blood blisters, his legs are still seizing, his back aching, his muscles heaving…he’s in a world of pain. The level of discomfort he was willing to go to deserves sponsorship. I back myself being able to walk a mile, run a mile, heck run a 10k, but there is absolutely no way that I could ever compete, or rather complete, an Ironman.

Be you a family member, a friend, or a total stranger searching through the blogosphere, let us join together and donate to something that we couldn’t do ourselves; the ultimate challenge we really should ‘just give’ to.

Just Give – HERE


2 thoughts on “Tom Hufton = Ironman

  1. Hi Alice what a lovely piece to write,Toms feet look worse now! The boys did a great job and being there to witness the scale of the ironman was unbelievable. The Pete Westropp memorial fund is a great charity thanks for writing what you did Alison,

  2. Thanks for this summary as it describes the event and more so the effort that Tom has put in. I am slightly biased as I am his father but I have never seen so many people along with Tom show absolute commitment to suceed. It was a truly humble experience and I realise what me and my wife missed three years ago when another son Sam did the Ironman in Austria.

    Well worth a doination and support for Pter Westropp ‘s memorial fund.

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