The Farming Community Network

Tom York's Ultimate Triathlon for FCN

Tom is taking on the UK's Ultimate Triathlon in June - a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle ride and a 26.2 mile run - to raise awareness of mental health issues in farming and rural communities.
raised of £500 target
by 56 supporters
Event: Ultimate Triathlon, on 30 June 2024
Closes on 28/07/2024
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Tom is 21 years old, and currently training to undertake probably the most challenging event of his life.

Over recent years, he's faced mental health struggles, which he describes as 'a relentless battle, a storm that I've weathered day in and day out'.

He credits his mental persistence for keeping him going. And in June, he's taking on a challenge that mirrors the journey of mental persistence - the Ultimate Triathlon - a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a full marathon of 26.2 miles – all in one day. A gruelling, unyielding test of strength and stamina.

What's Tom's motivation?

He says, "It's my way of honouring a dear friend I lost to suicide, my housemate from university. It's a tribute to his memory and a reminder that even in our darkest moments, we have the strength to persevere".

He'll be raising funds for FCN along the way, so we can continue to support farmers struggling with their own mental health. The challenges faced by farmers in the UK are immense at the present time, and our charity relies solely on grants and donations for our staff and volunteers to continue to support those having a difficult time.

Because together, we can turn the tide on mental health struggles, one stroke, one pedal, and one step at a time.

Tom continues, "This Triathlon is my canvas to paint a story of triumph over adversity, a narrative that screams, 'you can push through.' I invite you to join me on this journey, to support not just my endeavour but the cause it represents – mental health awareness in the farming community."

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The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a charity and voluntary organisation that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times, whether the issue is personal or business related. Our confidential national helpline is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm.

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