Mike returns to his old haunts for triathlon challenge

He says he’s not a paragon of fitness, but nothing will stop Mike Morley from finishing the Cardiff Triathlon to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research.

The dad-of-three decided to put his back into a charity fundraising event 18 months ago.

“There were lots of reasons,” he said. “I wanted to lose weight, get fit and support a good cause.

"I’ve done bits and pieces of sport in the past – a few half-marathons fairly badly, a few sprint triathlons fairly badly. It was time to do things properly.”

Now, having trained, dieted and shed two-and-a-half stone, Mike’s all set to swim 1,500m, cycle 40km and run 10km on June 23 in Cardiff – the city where he once spent seven happy years.

He doesn’t have a set target time. “Just finishing and having fun is more my thing,” he said.

Mike, 47, and now living in Colchester, Essex, chose to support Bowel & Cancer Research because his dad, Fred Morley, died of bowel cancer at the age of 67 in 1999.

He’d definitely be cheering me on if he were alive today. He loved sport.

Supporting Mike in Cardiff will be his wife Rachel and their three sons, Finlay, 8, and four-year-old twins Samuel and Jacob, along with friends and relatives.

Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert thanked Mike for his support.

She said:

Our aim is to ensure that no one should die of bowel cancer in future and we can only achieve that with the help of our fantastic fundraisers.

Anyone who wants to support Mike can do so at https://www.bowelcancerresearch.org/fundraisers/mike-morleys-cardiff-triathlon-fundraising-page