27 September 2013
Holywood man, Michael Purcell completed the Nice Iron man challenge on Sunday 23 June 2013 raising funds for Aware Defeat Depression.
The County Down man put himself through the paces by starting off with a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile cycle and finished with a full marathon (26.2 miles) All this completed in an astonishing 11 hours and 54mins!
Michael has raised almost £1500 for Aware Defeat Depression and is continuing to raise money.
Following the event on Sunday, Michael has said,
“I would definitely say that it’s one of the most incredible experiences ever. It was a great day and an amazing event – though I am not sure I will be rushing back to do it again!
“I decided to use this event to try and build awareness and raise some funds for Aware. At university I wrote a study which looked at mental health within the student population and the results showed a lack of knowledge or understanding of conditions associated with mental ill-health.
“I wanted to help Aware, by raising money to help deliver their educational programmes which inform people about the signs and symptoms of depression as well as self help and advice. These educational programmes are helping remove the stigma associated with mental ill-health, which for students and young people is critical.
Lynda Bryans, trustee of Aware Defeat Depression and has also suffered from depression in the past has said that what Michael has done is an “awesome achievement” and has congratulated Michael on his excellent efforts.
Siobhan Doherty, Chief Executive of Aware Defeat Depression, has said,
“Michael has been donating and raising money for Aware Defeat Depression over the last few years but to raise almost £1500 and putting himself through the Iron Man is an incredible achievement. Not only is the Iron Man challenging itself but the vigorous training which is requires on the run up to it is phenomenal.
“We are all so proud of Michael and would like to congratulate him on completing the Iron Man but also thank him for the money he has raised so far which all go towards helping our services such as the Education programmes, Support Groups and helpline.”