The Bell brothers from Brechin will be taking part in a Titanium Man Challenge to help raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of their father Sandy who sadly died from cancer in 2009.
The brothers plan to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and walk a further 26 miles over the course of three days.
In 2010 the brothers cycled across the UK following the coast-to-coast route, which proved to be a huge success, raising an incredible £5664 for Cancer Research UK.
With this challenge as their bench-mark the brothers decided to set themselves a bigger and better challenge in 2011 – an Ironman Triathlon.
The challenge will begin on Friday, July 22 at the Brechin High School swimming pool.
The following day the men will tackle a tough cycle route via Ballater, Deeside, Devil’s Elbow, Glen Isla, Kirriemuir, Brechin, Edzell, Fettercairn, Cairn O’Mount and Ballater before completing the challenge on Sunday, July 24 with a walk from Glenlee along Jock’s Road to Glen Clova, a route which will cover some rough, mountainous terrain making it a daunting task.
Unlike last year when the brothers took part in the challenge themselves, the men will be joined over the whole distance by Ian’s friend and seasoned international triathlete from America, Greg Guinther.
They will also be joined on various legs of the challenge by Ian’s partner Gayle and son Arran as well as Alan’s wife, Jacqui and sons Euan and Callum.
The brothers said: “We will do the traditional Ironman distances over the three events but instead of back-to-back events we will do it over three days.
“Like many families who are affected by this terrible disease (cancer) we were all left devastated by the loss of our wonderful dad, especially so our mum, Mary, his wife and best friend of 50 years.
“Sandy was a gentleman, an engineer, and an avid fisherman.
“He was a fantastic father to both of us, father-in-law to Jacqui and Gayle, a grandfather to Euan and Callum and 2010 arrival Arran, who sadly he never got to meet.
“His loss is felt more widely too through his friends and colleagues in the church and community.
“Undoubtedly an immense influence on us, we felt it important to mark his life and his passing by something worthy of his memory.
“We would very much appreciate readers’ support in raising funds for this worthy charity, however big or small that support may be.”
During the three-day event Gayle will join the brothers in the swim, cycling half the distance and complete the walk.
Euan, aged 11, will attempt to swim the entire distance and will complete all 26 miles of the walk.
Callum, aged eight, will attempt to swim 800 meters of the swim, doubling his previous best distance. He will then take part the last five miles of the walk.
Jacqui will complete what is needed in the swim so that she, Euan and Callum complete the 2.4 miles swim between them. She will then take part in half the walk.
As the challenge comes to an end 16-month-old Arran and Sandy’s wife Mary plan to walk the final mile with all the family.
If you would like to donate to this cause and help the brothers reach their target of £2000 visit www.justgiving.com/In-Memory-Of-Sandy-2011