Dawn Murphy is taking on the ‘MySwimRideRun’ British Heart Foundation triathlon throughout October. Over the course of a month, she will complete the equivalent of an Olympic triathlon, which involves cycling 40km, running 10km and swimming 1.5km (60 lengths). This means that she can break the challenge down into more manageable chunks.
The British Heart Foundation is a charity close to Dawn’s heart: ‘My Father passed away from heart disease and I recognise that this is something I need to do for my own health too. I have set up a Just Giving fundraising page, with the intention to initially raise £75 – however, I have already achieved this so I have now upped my target to £150 and I will keep pushing to generate as much money as I can.’
As well as taking on her triathlon challenge, Dawn plays netball for Hyde Netball Club and trains throughout the summer, playing one match per week. She said, ‘It’s really important for me to take part in the triathlon as I am currently heavier than I would like to be and the British Heart Foundation means a lot to me, from my own experiences.’
Dawn works for the NHS as an Accountant and Health & Wellbeing Champion for Mental Health. She encourages others to recognise when someone needs help – not just on a physical basis, but on a mental basis too. Dawn has had her own mental health issues to deal with, which has driven her to encourage others to realise how important exercise is for mental health and wellbeing.
At Active Tameside we are pleased to have been able to help Dawn with her triathlon challenge, by giving her a free one month swimming pass to complete her 1.5km swim. If you would like to sponsor Dawn, please visit her fundraising page here.