We are super proud to be supporting Keith with his training and events this season as he embarks on this epic challenge! Here is Keith explaining what and more importantly why he is doing it!
“My name is Keith Diaper and I am 40 year old husband and farther from Hedge End in Southampton. I’m an electrician and a keen triathlete. Starting on Saturday 1st April 2017 I will be doing one middle distance triathlon every Saturday and Sunday for six months. So will be covering 3655.6 miles in total, over 52 events. That’s about the same distance as travelling from Southampton to New York. Middle Distance Triathlon is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle and then a 13.1 mile run The reason for taking on such a challenge is to help raise awareness and funds for the charity ‘Hypermobility Syndromes Association (HMSA)’. My wife, PIppa has one of the conditions covered by the charity, called ‘Ehlers Danlos Syndrome’. This condition means there is a defect in her collagen which causes her joints to dislocates on a regular basis. She is in daily pain and suffers with fatigue. There is currently no cure for EDS and there is a possibility that she will one day be in a wheelchair. Pippa was misdiagnosed for many years. The health professionals carried out many tests but thought Pippa had Fibromyalgia, due to a few similar symptoms. After many more visits to specialists over an almost 3 year period, she was finally diagnosed with EDS. Following this we came across the HMSA’s website, everything my wife was going through was listed along with lots of resources to help her cope. By teaming up with the HMSA my mission is to bring wider awareness of their work and the conditions suffered by so many. I know we currently can’t cure this condition but we can educate people. If my challenge helps people who are in the situation my wife found herself in, then it would be worth it. Any funds we raise along the way will help the HMSA with their work, which covers research, support and education”
Check out Keith’s website and join us in supporting him!
HOWL Brand Ambassador Kevin Martin
“I grew up as a swimmer and turned to Triathlon by accident a few years back after a long break from sport. I fell in love again and worked on gaining experience in the other 2 disciplines. Last year I got the opportunity to be a part of the Great Britain Age Group team at the ETU European Aquathlon Championships, finishing 9th and became National Aquathlon age group Champion. After finishing 6th in AG at my 1st Ironman 70.3 in Calgary, Canada I managed to qualify for the ETU European Middle Distance Championships as well as the ETU European Aquathlon Championships where I will looking to build on my performances to date.
I live in Southampton and train with Hedge End Triathlon Club, Eastleigh Swim Club and Hedge End Running club. Lakeside is the perfect venue for open water training as it is right on my doorstep! I really like the super friendly atmosphere, not to mention the hot chocolate and biscuits!
Massive thank you to HOWL Multisports for supporting me with open water swimming.”