Iron man Dan raises £2,500 for CLIC Sargent by taking part in 13 hour triathlon

Super-fit Chelmsford man Dan Stapleton has raised thousands of pounds for children and young people with cancer by completing a gruelling triathlon.

Dan, who was inspired to raise funds for CLIC Sargent after a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer, spent the summer intensively training for the swimming, running and cycling event.

On Saturday 15 September he travelled to Tenby for the triathlon, which started the next day at 7am with a plunge into the chilly sea for a 2.4 mile swim. “1,500 people took part and being in the water with that many people was certainly interesting,” said Dan.

Then Dan and the other participants had a gruelling 112 mile cycle ride to complete  before they ended the endurance event with a 26.2 mile marathon. Dan finished at 8.40pm that night.

“I did enjoy it, but I was tired at the end,” Dan said. “I did a lot of training over the summer to make sure that I was able to stay the course.”

Dan was motivated to start raising money when regular customer Linda Maples’ six year old daughter Lucy was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004. Lucy was treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Great Ormond Street and Kings College Hospitals in London, and has been in remission for three years.

Dan runs and owns Kraft Jewellers in Chelmsford with his father.

The £2,500 could pay for two families to stay for a month each in one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home, and run CLIC Sargent’s information service for a day. Homes from Home provide free accommodation near major treatment centres so that families can stay together.