Tomorrow Team Verrico Trustee, Barrister and friend of Paul and the late Anna Verrico will take part in an Iron Man in Wales for the charity.
Here's an extract from his own Blog:
“An Iron Man? Are you bonkers?”
What will you be doing on Sunday 14 September 2014?
I’m going to have a nice swim in the sea, a bike ride through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside and a jog around picturesque Tenby. Well, that’s what I’m trying to convince myself anyway. Actually, the reality is that I’m going to be trying to finish the Iron Man Wales course. The sea swim is 3.9km, the cycle 180km and the run is 42.2km – I might also add, in case you happen to be unfamiliar with the topography of South Wales, that it is rather hilly!
It is possible you are now thinking “that sounds like a bit of silly thing to be doing with your weekend, what on earth is wrong with you Nick, you sound a bit bonkers” and to be honest you’ve probably got a point.
For a start it’s a bit tricky to train for an Iron Man because my current best guess is that the event is going to take me about 13 hours to finish. Although my employer, friends and wife are all very understanding, I am required to spend at least some time concentrating on each of them otherwise I’d end up unemployed, lonely and single. Essentially you can’t really have a dry run of the whole event. Instead I’ve been spending the last few months getting very sweaty across various Asian countries in an attempt to swim, cycle and run faster for longer. Fingers crossed it has had some positive effect but I agree with you, competing in an Iron Man is questionable for any sane and sensible person.
On the other hand, you might also have received numerous emails from me over the years asking you to sponsor me for this or that marathon. You have probably been generous enough to do so and I thank you for that. However, it does strikes me that I am being unfair on you. After all I keep asking you to sponsor me for doing the same thing over and over again. Logically you might start to think that I actually like running marathons. You’d be wrong of course but there is logic in that argument.
And, let’s be frank here, where’s the fun in sponsoring someone to do something they enjoy doing, that’s just not cricket. What you want, and are entitled to demand, is certainly sweat, possibly blood and perhaps even tears. So, how about I run another marathon but this time I’ve got to swim 3.9km and cycle 180km beforehand? I promise sweat, I think blood is likely (there is a fair amount of rubbing involved, I’ll just leave that there) and, if you know me well, either in success or failure tears are probably inevitable (I am an emotional man!).
Now hopefully I’ve already started to win you round but the most important thing you need to know is what a brilliant cause you’ll be supporting by sponsoring me.
TeamVerrico is a new charity inspired by and dedicated to the memory of Anna Verrico. The charity’s purpose is raise funds for direct research into cutting edge treatments for cancer and to provide practical support for families who find themselves facing this illness. You can find out much more about the charity at www.teamverrico.org .
Many of you will already know Anna’s story and again you can find out more on the website. All I want to say here is that Anna faced her own illness, and the terrible implications that had for her young family, with immense courage and determination. Throughout her life and even during her illness Anna was committed to helping others who found themselves in difficulty. This was a fact amply demonstrated by the response of her local community, and many beyond, to her tragic death. For my small part I promised Anna that I would finish the Iron Man for her and for TeamVerrico and that is exactly what I intend to do.
Every stroke I swim, every pedal I push and every step I run will be inspired by Anna and the continuing courage of her husband Paul and their two children, Lucia and Alessandro. Your sponsorship will assist in creating a lasting legacy for Anna and help others who are facing extremely difficult and challenging times.