TWO businessmen will compete in a gruelling "Ironman" challenge to raise awareness of causes close to their hearts.
Pete Dale, owner of the Dining Room restaurant, and Barry Thraves, owner of B Physical Gym, will swim 1.2 miles, cycle 56 miles and then run 13.1 miles in a bid to raise awareness and funds for their chosen charities.
Barry is raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and Pete wants to use the event to raise awareness of prostate cancer and sarcoidosis.
Sarcoidosis – also known as sarcoid – is a condition where cells in the body clump together to make small lumps, which are called often found in the lungs and lymph glands.
The Outlaw half-Ironmanwill take place on Sunday, June 1, at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.
Barry, 37, and Pete, 39, have started training hard.
Barry said: "It's been hard work getting ready for this.
"I couldn't even swim this time last year, and I only got a bike six months ago. In fact, my swimming was so bad I had to go to Ann Smith, swimming instructor at the leisure centre, and ask for help.
"But now both Pete and I are at the stage where we are swimming in open water. And it's freezing!"
Peter completed the Connemarathon in County Galway on April 6 with his wife, Laura, and Ashbourne businesswoman Kiki Hall.
He said he was not worried about the running part of the half-Ironman but was concerned about the bike ride.
He said: "I only decided to start biking last year, and I am worried about this part more than the swimming or running.''
The pair both have personal reasons for raising money for their chosen charities.
Barry said: "I wanted to raise money for motor neurone disease as a family member was recently diagnosed with it, so it's something close to my heart."
Seven years ago Pete suffered badly with sarcoidosis although he has not had a flare-up of the condition since.
He said: "I do have some remaining arthritis, which is one of the symptoms.
"The auto-immune condition can manifest itself in many ways, and can be devastating.
"I was lucky but I still want to highlight this condition as it is often misdiagnosed.
"My only symptoms were terrible arthritis and scarring on the lungs. I also want to raise awareness of prostate cancer – it's so important that men, especially those of a certain age, get checked out for it.
"There are some 250,000 men in the UK living with it, 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year and 10,000 men die each year."
Anyone wanting to support the duo with a donation for motor neurone disease can call Barry on 07966 507240 or drop it off at BPhysical in the Runway industrial park.