Ironman David ready for the challenge

David Balint, an Estate Planning Consultant with Golden Charter, has a major challenge coming up in September and he’s looking for support.

He’s taking on an Ironman challenge to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Golden Charter has agreed to match any funds he raises before the event and he would be grateful for contributions to the cause.

This energy-sapping event will be held in Pembrokeshire on 10 September, when David and his fellow competitors will undertake a 2.4-mile swim in the sea and a 113-mile bike ride followed by a full 26-mile marathon. Ironman Wales starts and ends in the seaside town of Tenby.

Although the challenge is three months away, David is having to fit his training around a very busy job, and it means some early mornings.

He said: “I don’t have a set training schedule in the run-up to the event – my training is off the cuff. During the week if I have an appointment at 10am, I will get up around 4.30am and go on the bike for five hours before work. I do that two or three times a week. On other occasions I get up at 5.30am to swim in a nearby lake.”

It is fair to say that David has been ambitious in taking on this challenge. Previously, he boxed to stay fit and only competed in his first triathlon in April 2016. That was a ‘sprint’ consisting of 16 lengths of a swimming pool followed by a 10k bike ride and a 5k run.

Since then he’s undertaken a Half Ironman in Kent, which meant a 1.2-mile lake swim, 56-mile cycle and a half marathon.

“Now I want to stretch myself,” he said, “and Ironman Wales is reputed to be the world’s second toughest triathlon.”

David, whose home is in the Rhondda Valley, has a track record of raising funds for charity. He has undertaken a skydive and boxing bouts for Help For Heroes.

“This time around I thought cancer research was a good cause to contribute to. I’ve got a target of £1,000 and I’m getting messages of support from friends, family and colleagues. It’s great that Golden Charter has agreed to match fund what I raise before the event. ”

The 39-year-old added: “It’s a challenge for me but something I look forward to taking on. It’s three months of hard graft then I’ll be able to say that I’ve completed an Ironman.”

Golden Charter CEO Ronnie Wayte has pledged to match any funds David raises ahead of the event.

To help David reach his target of £1,000, visit his JustGiving page.

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