A Brackley man will embark on an emotional journey when he takes part in one of the toughest one-day endurance events in the world.
Richard Baker is competing in the Lanzarote Ironman triathlon on May 17 in memory of his wife Emma, who died in 2011 from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT). During the event he will spread her ashes at the top of Mount Haria.
Mr Baker, who is a self emplyed flooring layer, said: “Four years ago Em and I decided we would take on the Lanzarote Ironman. From the day she passed away I knew I would go and complete the challenge.
“It’s my way of showing my utmost respect for my beautiful wife, amazing mother to my boys and my best friend. On the day I will find my emotions harder than the event itself, as for me this has turned into far more than just a triathlon.” The event will see the 36-year-old swim 2.4 miles in the sea, cycle 112 miles with more than 2,500 metres of climbing and run a full 26.2-mile marathon. The event lasts up to 17 hours.
Mr Baker is raising money for Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity to increase the awareness of thrombosis among the public and health professionals and to raise research funds to improve patient care and help Stop the Clots.
Mr Baker, who is father to Reuben, five, and Rowan, three, said: “Thrombosis can happen to you, your family, your friends or colleagues. It is often a silent medical condition with no obvious signs or symptoms. It can affect people of any age or sex and can be easily confused with less serious conditions.
“By raising awareness of the risks of DVT we all hope that it may prevent another young family’s life being tragically altered.“
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/bakerlifeblood