Inspirational dad takes on a year long TriathLONG

As 2015 draws to an end, Dan Armstrong is close to achieving his year long challenge which has seen him take on over 3,000 miles of swimming, running and cycling for charity.

At the start of 2015 Dan set himself the daunting task of running 870 miles, swimming 23 miles and riding 2,270 miles.  He explains: “In 2012 my daughter Grace was diagnosed with ependymoma brain tumour. She underwent brain surgery and follow-up proton therapy in America.

“A year later the tumour re-appeared and was surgically removed again. This time she had full head and spine radiotherapy.

“She was so brave and happy throughout this scary and long process. She's had over 60 radiotherapy sessions strapped to a bed and had more than 20 MRI scans to date. She lost her hair but rarely lost her smile.

A miraculous recovery

“She is now tumour free and has no symptoms or side-effects. It's miraculous. Even her hair has grown back. Grace inspired me with her perseverance. I wanted to do something to show us all that even though bad things do happen, greater good can come through them.

Dan is supporting three charities with his amazing challenge; CLIC Sargent, Children on the Edge and The Sussex Snowdrop Trust.

Well done Dan

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Helen Farquharson said: “We are so impressed by Dan’s TriathLONG and the energy and dedication he’s put in to clocking up those miles. 

“He’s now only weeks away from completing this impressive feat and better still is the news that Grace is now tumour free.  

“We’re very grateful for Dan’s fundraising efforts which will enable us to be there to support more young cancer patients like Grace.”

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own challenge for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Helen Farquharson on 01273 573 848 or email: