Completed! Arrived at the finish line in 6 hours 36 minutes and 5 seconds.
My name is Peter Williams and I’m 56 years old. While I make a living reading the news on TV in New Zealand, I need another challenge in my life. Now I’ve always been a reasonably fit kind of guy, but a full Ironman is a step too far for me, so I’m in training for the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman on January 8th, 2011.
It’s a 2 kilometre swim, a 90 kilometre bike ride and a half marathon (21.1 kilometre) run at Mt Maunganui.
But while the sheer physical challenge is worthwhile, I thought I’d use the occasion to try and raise some funds, and awareness, for a worthy charity, so on January 8th I’ll be competing for the Look Good, Feel Better Foundation.
They’re a wonderful organization who help women affected by cancer treatment by providing free makeup and appearance assistance during what is always a stressful time.
I have a personal connection. In January 1996 my wife Cecile was diagnosed with an incurable ovarian cancer. While she had surgery and chemotherapy treatment in the ensuing months before she passed away in November of that year, she had some very satisfying and enjoyable sessions with the women from the Look Good Feel Better Foundation. In fact the favourite photo that my children and I have of Cecile was taken after one of her times at Look Good Feel Better.
January 2011 will be 15 years to the month since Cecile was diagnosed and helping Look Good Feel Better in this way seems a very appropriate way to remember a wonderful mother and wife.
So I’d really like it if you could help me in this challenge – to complete the Half Iron man and raise funds for Look Good Feel Better.
A big thank you to my initial sponsors – Jane and her team at The Patter, who organise the Half Ironman and Robbie Johnston and his crew at 2XU – pronounced 2 times you - who’ve provided me with gear. Find out more about them by clicking on the links to the right.
I’m using this site as my primary fund raising tool. You can click on the DONATE page and see how you can contribute to a great cause.
And I’d love it if you could follow my progress on my TRAINING BLOG page as I do my best to outline the work I’m doing in the lead up to the big day.
Thanks for joining me on this adventure.