May 27
2010

Blue Chip Holidays backs Iron Man Challenge for RNLI!

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Blue Chip will be getting behind its very own Iron Man, Jon Pressling, who will be tackling one of the meanest and most challenging Triathlon courses in the UK, if not the world.

Jon, a member of South Devon Athletic Club, will be raising money for the RNLI when he undertakes UK Ironman 70.3 next month on Exmoor.  Blue Chip Holidays has pledged to contribute 25p for every booking made in June guaranteeing a minimum contribution of £300 towards the charity.

UK Ironman 70.3 combines three gruelling disciplines; a 1.2 mile swim across Wimbleball Lake, a 56 mile cycle and 13.1 mile run over a course that has been described as the toughest Ironman 70.3 course in the world.  In total the 1,500 competitors have to climb over 3,000 metres, tackling 52 hills in 56 miles during the combined cycle and run sections.   

In addition to the challenge of the course, competitors have a strict time limit of 1 hour to complete the swim, 4 hours for the cycling section and 10 hours, 30 minutes for the entire race.  Those failing to achieve these strict limits will not be permitted to complete the race, which is used as qualifying event for the World Championships held in Florida. 

Commenting on the race Jon Pressling, Booking Administrator at Blue Chip Holidays, said: “My main goal will be to finish the race in a time of less than 7 hours.  In the process, I hope to raise valuable money for the RNLI, which plays a vital role in keeping our guests safe on the beaches and in the sea that so many of our properties overlook across the South West.

“I’d like to thank the South Devon Athletic Club for their support throughout my training helping me to be in peak form for this daunting task.   It will be a huge honour to compete against some of the very best athletes in the UK, if not world, and it will be an immense experience to rub shoulders with the true elite of the sport.”   

UK Ironman 70.3 takes place on Exmoor on 20 June. To donate to this fantastic cause, click here, or for more information see the Ironman Website.

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