This September, Steph Ahrens will be taking on the London Duathlon in Richmond Park to raise money for Macmillan. She told us about her reasons for taking part, how her fundraising is going and her experience of training.
So, what exactly is a duathalon?
‘A duathlon consists of three sets of activity, but across two disciplines – running and cycling. So I’ll have a 10km run, followed by a 22km cycle ride, before finishing with another 5km run.
‘I’m extremely excited about it. I’ll certainly have a jittery feeling at the start line and will be itching to go. I have no doubt that I’ll get hooked on the experience and you’ll find me signing up for another challenge – a triathlon maybe?’
How’s your preparation going?
‘Training has taken determination, perseverance and will-power. I have always been quite a driven person who likes a challenge – if I set out to achieve something, I give it my all.
‘The reaction to my fundraising has been really positive as well. Many of my family, friends and work colleagues have said how inspired they are by my goal and who I’m raising money for.’
Why do you support Macmillan?
‘My father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2008 and sadly passed away three months later. Macmillan is an organisation dear to my heart – they’re a very inspiring organisation of passionate, talented, hard-working people. I’m very proud to be doing this for Macmillan.’