Tarren Amor and Alisdair McDermid-Smith recently completed Ironman Finland in support of the Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship and the Safe and Sound Organisation. A huge achievement and we were touched and honoured that Taz and Ali choose to use the event to fundraise for Eoin's scholarship. They donated €2950, pretty much covering two full years of the scholarship! The event happened to fall on the 6th anniversary of Eoin's passing and it is incredible to think of the feats the two lads achieved on that day in Finland this year! We hope to welcome both of them in Cork at some stage, but for now are just very grateful from afar.
This backstory is taken from Taz and Ali's facebook -
This year our aspirations have aligned and we find ourselves on the journey towards our first Ironman. As if 2020 wasn't challenging enough, we thought training for and completing an Ironman in 2021 whilst navigating life at sea should add a little extra spice.
We became great friends 5 years back meeting through the yachting industry and a shared passion for surfing and 'kiting'. For the past 3 years, we have been lucky enough to work on the same watersports-orientated vessel and continue to raise each other's standards in and out of the water. This lifestyle keeps us fit and healthy, but this year the desire to push our physical and mental limits calls us into one of the greatest endurance challenges going. By no means are we triathletes, but we are physically able and hungry to prove our potential as both individuals and friends.
There will, of course, be some hurdles along our journey within this global pandemic. As we've already seen there are no guarantees with travel or event planning these days, but this will not stop us from pushing ourselves for good cause. We will endeavor to complete the Ironman in Tahko, Finland on August 14th, but if for any reason this does not go ahead we will complete the next available event or just do it on our own.
We will tackle this path of chosen hardship over the next 6 months with the aim to raise money and awareness for those whom are not lucky enough to make such choices.
We are completing this event to raise money for two amazing charities:
The Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship
Safe and Sound Organisation