Paul Dennett

This year (2017) I completed my biggest challenge yet by participating in an ultra triathlon with two wonderful friends, in doing so raising lots of money for a charity that I feel very strongly about, Children’s Hospice South West. After any event the first question asked by lots of people is “what’s next?”, the question I had already asked myself months before completing the ultra tri. My theory is if I focus on what’s next I don’t get time to worry or put doubt in my mind about the event I’m about to do. When talking to people about the events we do Ironman, ultra running, lots of people would say “you’re all crazy” or “Why would you want to do that?” then you would get the odd person say “I would love to do that but I’m not fit enough” or “I would love to do that but wouldn’t know where to start” That’s when I decided my next challenge would not be doing the event/activity, but helping other people to take on their challenge and reach their goal, whether it be couch to 5k, a long bike sportive or climb a mountain.

I am a strong believer that by surrounding yourself with happy like-minded people with different skills and experiences to yourself, you can learn and grow together and you can achieve anything you put your heart and soul into. That was the first thing I did when starting this project, I approached a top lady who specialises in injury prevention and treatment, told her my vision (worried she was going to laugh) an hour later we were partners brain storming how we could help as many people as we could. Since our first meeting, loads of time and effort has gone into making this group the best it can be for our members. We have become run leaders through English Athletics and are both gaining more qualifications.
This is my most exciting challenge to date, I have already started surrounding myself with happy, like minded people that can help me achieve my goal, give it a go. Think BIG! you will be surprised what the mind and body can achieve.