Banbury area man runs triathlon in memory of good friend and father-in-law who had terminal cancer

An Epwell man recently ran a triathlon in aid of cancer research and in memory of his good friend and father-in-law.
Two of Marc's children hold up banner to cheer him onTwo of Marc's children hold up banner to cheer him on
Two of Marc's children hold up banner to cheer him on

Marc Steenkamp, who is from Epwell, swam a mile in the sea, cycled 115 miles and ran 27 miles on Saturday July 25.

Marc said: "Just under a year ago Simon, my father in law and good friend got diagnosed with terminal cancer.

"Sadly on the 10th of May Simon lost his battle and passed away. A day that was devastating for all that who knew him.

Marc's son, Jake, holds a photo poster of Simon, Marcs father in law.Marc's son, Jake, holds a photo poster of Simon, Marcs father in law.
Marc's son, Jake, holds a photo poster of Simon, Marcs father in law.

"For many years Simon and his family would spend time at Hayling Island sailing and having fun so it felt fitting that I start my challenge from there.

"Just over nine months ago I started training to take part in my first full distance Ironman that was due to take place in Bolton on the 11th of July.

"Due to the coronavirus this was cancelled. It seemed a waste to just give up, so instead I have decided to do my own personal challenge /Ironman in Simon's memory and try to raise some money to help fight cancer along the way."

Marc set up a Just Giving web page raising money for Cancer Research UK. The fundraising campaign has already raised more than £3,200.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the fundraising campaign can use the following Just Giving web link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marc-steenkampMarc started his triathlon with a 1 mile swim in the sea at Hayling then he cycled back to Epwell at around 112 miles. Upon returning to Epwell he ran a marathon.

Marc said: "Any donations would be greatly received and will go along way to help push me to the end of this Tri for Simon."