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    Weʼve raised £4,025 to support Jess, Freya and Jack Davidson. On 15 September 2019 I will be looking to complete Ironman Wales 2019 in memory of Julian Davidson.

    Tenby, Wales
    Funded on Sunday, 22nd September 2019

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    Julian passed away suddenly in Edinburgh just before Christmas from an unexpected fatal heart attack, aged only 39. He left behind his loving wife Jess and two amazing young children, Freya (4) and Jack (18 months).

    The family was due to return to New Zealand at the beginning of February. Julian finished in his last job in the UK the day before he died, and Jess was a stay at home mum. With no life insurance or Will to support them, Jess, Freya and Jack now face an uncertain financial future.

    Julian is someone well known to people at my employer, SEGA. To myself personally, I am honoured to have called him a friend and a mentor; 11+ years ago Julian gave me the opportunity to work at SEGA, he was my manager for a number of years and the main reason behind me picking up running as a hobby. Julian was not only an incredibly kind and honourable, dedicated family man and a true professional, he was also a great athlete with a number of marathons and ultra marathons to his name, with some very competitive times. He took me on my first 10km run at lunch; I was wearing beaten-up Converse shoes and needed a break half way to catch my breath! In 2011, we shared the experience of running the London Marathon - my very first and most painful - and I have never looked back.

    I have now been doing marathons for a number of years and have been looking new challenges. With a long distance triathlon called "Ironman" being held in my hometown, Tenby - rural Pembrokeshire, South West Wales - this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new...

    However, after joining a triathlon club to begin my training, I soon discovered that this is no ordinary triathlon and is known as one of the most gruelling on the whole world Ironman circuit with a tidal sea swim of 3.9 kilometres, an unforgiving and relentlessly hilly bike ride of 180 kilometres and similarly hilly 42km marathon run to finish. All of this is coupled with the unpredictable Pembrokeshire weather, which can offer up strong winds and heavy down pours - and the fact that I have only ever competed in a single Olympic distance triathlon 3 years ago, makes for a challenge unlike anything I have taken up before.

    I am some way off Julian's exploits, however I am dedicating my first Ironman event on 15th September to Julian, with the hope of raising some much needed funds for his family.

    Upon hearing about Julian's untimely passing and his family situation I felt compelled to do something to help and I was honoured when his family gave me the opportunity to raise money to help support in his memory. I am a dad of 2 young children of a similar age and I cannot begin to imagine how my family would cope if the worst were to happen, so I feel very proud to be going through the biggest endurance challenge of my life with such a good cause behind it.

    Please dig deep if you knew Julian and want to support me in what will be a pretty horrific day out of the office! All funds will go towards giving Julian's children a head start in their new life in New Zealand. With each stroke, pedal and step I'll be given extra energy and motivation knowing that I'll not only be doing something I have never done before but I will be doing it raising money in memory of a friend and a mentor.

    Thank you so much for reading and for any support you are able to give.

    Ben

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    • Ben Harrison1 year ago
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      1 year ago
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    • Ben Harrison1 year ago
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      1 year ago

      Well, it was a long old day. I was up at 4 in the morning and got my money’s worth with almost 14 hours of exercise. The swim went really well, the bike was unbelievably tough and the run felt like I had been at it for 10 hours already!! It was utterly exhausting and challenging but so good to cross that finish line so I am a very happy man today. I felt like Julian was with me and it really helped in the darker moments to think of him, his family and the commitment I made to getting the job done. That was for you Julian - RIP my friend.

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    • Ben Harrison2 years ago
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      2 years ago

      Wow, what a response so far! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has donated and I am sure Julian would be proud. It makes me so happy to know how much generosity of spirit and kindness there is in our community through family, friends, colleagues, the SEGA alumni and games industry. For anyone thinking of donating that hasn’t, please don’t stop here - The more we can raise together, the more profound the impact will be on Julian's family. Sending love and gratitude to everyone who is reading this – THANK YOU.

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    • Jags DeSouza

      Jags DeSouza

      Sep 20, 2019

      Well done Ben!!!

      £10.00

    • Gillian Harrison

      Gillian Harrison

      Sep 20, 2019

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 18, 2019

      Well done Ben!

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 18, 2019

      Well done, Ben, not many people can do that.Our thoughts are with Julian's family.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 17, 2019

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 17, 2019

      I'm sorry I couldn't give more right now.Thoughts with you all.

      £3.00

    • Andy Burton

      Andy Burton

      Sep 17, 2019

      Well done mate, I am sure what you have done will mean the world to them on their new start

      £10.00

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