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Vicki and Jane Burston

The Eco-Ironman

Fundraising for Wilderness Foundation UK

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  • Team members: Jon Alexander
  • Event: Barcelona Ironman, 04 Oct 2009

Wilderness Foundation UK

It helps people to acquire essential life skills through wilderness trails programmes. Using nature as a classroom, leadership, decision making, self-esteem and respect for others are developed. Increased responsibility towards the environment and community is an invariable outcome and is a powerful antidote to growing materialism marking modern society.

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Three months, three disciplines, one mission... I'm competing in the Challenge Barcelona, an Ironman-distance triathlon, on October 4th. That's 3.8km swim, 180km bike, and a marathon (42.2km). Which is a long way. I've never done one before, and I'm going to do it eco. 

That means - touch wood (sic) - a wetsuit made of limestone- not petroleum-based rubber; a bike made of bamboo; and running shoes of all recycled fibres and no chemical solvents.  Chuck in a vegetarian diet, and overland travel everywhere (including Barcelona), and you've got your Eco Ironman.

I'm doing it all for the Wilderness Foundation, a small charity which helps engender a respect for the importance of wild places, by helping those who otherwise wouldn't have a chance to experience the power of wilderness.  If that sounds a bit hippy, watch 'Into the Wild'.  Then come back and sponsor me!

Thanks all!

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