Turning iron into gold for Rowans Hospice

111990-6572 IRON MAN (RS) MRW 1/6/2011''// better quality copies of RON WILSON are on their way - MRW // ''IRON MAN ? - well Half Iron-Man contestant on Exmoor Kieran Godkin (48) will be raising funds for The Rowans Hospice who gave support to his late father-in-law Ron Wilson ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (111990-6572)
111990-6572 IRON MAN (RS) MRW 1/6/2011''// better quality copies of RON WILSON are on their way - MRW // ''IRON MAN ? - well Half Iron-Man contestant on Exmoor Kieran Godkin (48) will be raising funds for The Rowans Hospice who gave support to his late father-in-law Ron Wilson ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (111990-6572)

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A MAMMOTH triathlon challenge awaits Kieran Godkin who will swim, cycle and run almost 70 miles for charity.

Kieran will take on the half iron man challenge on Sunday, June 19.

The 48-year-old from Festing Grove in Southsea will take on a 1.2-mile swim followed by a 56-mile bike ride and a half-marathon.

And although Kieran has often kept quite fit, he fears this will be a big challenge.

‘It’s still quite far for an old man like me,’ he said.

‘It’s quite a challenge but hopefully I will finish.

‘I used to play rugby but I was getting too old for that. The joints were giving up.

‘I thought I would give this a go before I really am too old.’

He will be fundraising for The Rowans Hospice in honour of his father-in-law Ron Wilson, who was helped by the charity before he died of cancer last year.

‘I was always reasonably fit but I haven’t done distance stuff so I have been doing about five months’ training,’ he added.

‘It’s going OK but my calf seized up about two weeks ago so I haven’t been able to do any running.

‘Hopefully I will get round somehow.

‘I’m not anxious, I just want to get it over and done with and get on with my life.

‘I have been getting up at 6am and going swimming in the sea.

‘If you just swim in the swimming pool you aren’t used to the shock.

‘Your body doesn’t get used to the cold water. It’s still a bit cold for me at the moment.

‘My family are quite supportive.

‘I think anybody could do it if they put the hours in – but I don’t know about the full iron man challenge.’

So far he has raised £500 for charity.

To sponsor Kieran, please visit justgiving.com/kieran-godkin.