Created On: 12 April 2011

The Race Organisers from the Challenge Family recently donated a place for their race to help the victims of the earthquake in New Zealand.  The places were put up for auction and the winner for Challenge Henley was Marcus Cookham.  We asked Marcus to tell us a bit more about himself and to tell us why he wanted to enter:

Marcus Cookham - in article

"I am a 38 year old Chartered Surveyor from Woburn Sands near Milton Keynes married to Carla with two beautiful kids Eva (2 yrs) and Samuel (3 months).

I did complete a couple of Olympic distance events in the late nineties (Brighton and Windsor) but I do consider myself very much a novice in triathlon terms.  Up until a few weeks ago my longest ever bike ride was 40 miles. I STILL can't get my head around the thought of doing 112 miles on a bike let alone then getting off the bike and running a marathon.

I am a keen runner and a member of Bedford Harriers AC.  In Oct 2010 I achieved a long term goal of a sub 3 hr marathon when I completed Abingdon Marathon in 2h 56m 55s.  After five minutes of enjoying this result I knew I needed another goal to keep me out of mischief.

The idea of me completing a long course triathlon event seemed so outrageous it was funny.  I am not quite sure how it happened but I found myself telling friends and family I was going to do one.

..... once I'd heard that Challenge were staging Challenge Henley I decided this was the one for me, mainly because of the great setting and the amazing reputation of the Challenge Series.

Although I've been training with Challenge Henley in mind for eight weeks now I had put off actually entering - mainly through fear of actually taking the plunge.  During my training I have been listening to IM Talk podcast.  When they said they were auctioning a place off in aid of the Christchurch Earthquake Fund I thought this is an ideal opportunity to book my spot and contribute funds to such a great cause.

When I actually won the auction I was elated….. for a while anyway.  Now I am 51% excited, 49% terrified!

Roll on Sun 18th Sept!"

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