Brechin’s Bell Brothers, Ian and Alan, successfully completed their mammoth Ironman swim, cycle and walking challenge, raising close to £4000 for Cancer Research UK in memory of their late father Sandy Bell, on the weekend of July 22 to 24.
The pair were joined in their challenge by Alan’s wife Jacqui and sons Euan and Callum, Ian’s partner Gayle and family friend, from the United States, Greg Guinther.
The challenge began in the Brechin High School swimming pool where they swam 2.4 miles.
The following day they completed a leg busting 112 mile cycle - the most punishing section coming up the Cairn O’Mount into ferocious headwinds.
On day three they finished their challenge with a 26 mile hike from Linn of Dee, over Jock’s Road to Glen Clova.
The support team took part in various sections of the weekend, with youngest member Callum (aged eight), swimming a personal best distance of 1500m and eleven-year-old Euan walking over 13 miles.
The team members were blessed with some incredible weather over the three days, the beautiful local scenery inspired them to forget any aches, pains and fatigue, helping them power on to the end.
The fact that the Glen Clova Hotel was hosting a beer festival that weekend may also have helped them to keep going!
“It was a fantastic weekend for us all,” said younger brother Ian. “We’d trained extremely hard and it was worth all the long hours to raise such a massive amount of money”
“We’d like to thank everyone who sponsored us and gave so generously. Our dad would be absolutely amazed!”
Last year the boys cycled England’s Coast-to-Coast but plan to take a well earned break next year.
Alan added “People have been so generous over the last two years and we can’t believe how much money we have raised - close to £9000 in total.
“I think we’ll take a break from the challenges next year though and start with another event in 2013. Watch this space!”
There is time to donate to this cause, simply visit http://www.justgiving.com/In-Memory-Of-Sandy-2011