Mammoth Triathlon challenge completed at Cranwell

Mammoth Triathlon challenge completed at Cranwell

Phenom Qualified Flying Instructor Flt Lt Nigel Johnson and his good friend Dean Maratty of the RAF Air Safety Investigation Team have successfully completed their epic challenge of completing 9 triathlons in 9 days, covering a total of 1,000 miles.

They are aiming to raise £29,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, which will provide 1,000 hrs of care, and have so far raised around £19,500.

The last leg of their challenge took place at RAFC Cranwell by swimming in the Qaboos pool and cycling around the Orange – accompanied by Affinity’s Safety and Compliance Engineer Craig Hutton.

Nigel had originally planned for his nine triathlons to span the United Kingdom as part of the John O’Groats to Land’s End route, however due to Covid and some of the support team being deployed overseas, he has had to scale back his plans slightly.

Instead, Nigel and his friend Dean Maratty visited some of Lincolnshire’s most iconic places during their challenge, including Lincoln Cathedral, The International Bomber Command Centre, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and RAFC Cranwell.

On Friday 18th June the team took on the last leg of the challenge – but it was not without its mishaps.

Just a few miles into their cycling challenge, the trio unfortunately suffered a collision on their bikes and Nigel was taken to the medical centre with a suspected broken collar bone. Dean and Craig also suffered cuts and bruises, but the latter were able to complete the challenge.

Luckily, Nigel was released later that evening with no fractures, and had completed 987 miles in total.

He said: “With the bruises slightly easing, I went out on Sunday and completed a 13-mile run, so we have now completed a total of 1,000 miles of triathlon in our aim to raise £29,000 to cover 1,000 hours of Macmillan Cancer nursing.”

This is just the latest challenge Nigel has undertaken for Macmillan after losing his mum Julie to ovarian cancer, and he and his wife Sara and daughter Amy embarked on a number of fundraising challenges in memory of his mum to thank the Macmillan nurse who cared for her at the end of her life.

He said: “I started fundraising for Macmillan in 2016 by running a 10k. It snowballed from there as I went on to complete Ironman Wales and various half marathons. I wanted my fundraising activities to keep getting bigger and better, which is why I decided to do this triathlon.

“My mum’s Macmillan nurse Judy was a great support, not only to my mum, but to my family, making a truly difficult time just a little more bearable.”

Donations to Nigel’s just giving page can be made by logging on to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/trijogle