Sidney alumnus runs, swims and cycles from London to Paris.

Alumnus Freddie Iron (matric. 2008) has completed an epic triathlon, running between Marble Arch in London and Dover, swimming the Channel and then cycling to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity with which his family has a very personal connection, his father having survived cancer four times, Freddie has become the 23rd, and youngest, person to complete the Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon.

The numbers are staggering: not only has Freddie to date raised in excess of £25,000 for Macmillan, his finishing time of 77 hours and 17 minutes for the 87 mile run, Channel swim and 181 mile bike ride, is also the third fastest.

Fellow Sidney alumnus and close friend Elliot Banks (matric. 2008) was alongside throughout, offering moral and practical support - including changing a punctured inner-tube on the ride to Paris.  As well as his connection to the cause, Freddie credits that support of friends and well-wishers following online and meeting him on route with spurring him on during the inevitable difficult moments: “There was a point on each of the three phases when I thought that I wasn’t going to make it. But something in me pushed me on. I could not give up and let everyone down.”  

You can read more about Freddie's extraordinary efforts by following the links to Cambridge News and his pre-triathlon blog.

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