Dentist all smiles over challenge

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A Brighouse dentist will take on one of the world’s toughest physical tests this month in a bid to raise funds for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Dr Simon Betts of Brighouse Fresh Smile Clinic will take part in the Ironman Triathlon in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen.

He will navigate through the gruelling 12 hour long course, which involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and an unforgiving 26 mile marathon, with fellow athletes in front of 150,000 cheering fans.

Simon said: “Fresh Smile Clinic, my brother Tom and I are extremely proud to be raising money for Forget Me Not.

“It’s a local charity which means a lot to all of us. They do amazing work and its crucial children’s hospices like this are funded to keep supporting families in need during extremely difficult times.

“Training for an Ironman almost takes over your life. Every spare hour you have seems to be gobbled up with training. For the last year I’ve been training around 10-12 hours a week trying to fit this around work.

“I feel I am ready to go and just want to get to race day. Our goal was always to just complete an Ironman, and there is a 15 hour cut off time. If we finish in 14 hours 59 minutes and raise money for Forget Me Not, we will be the happiest men alive.”

Since signing up to the Ironman a year ago, Dr Betts has completed a number of triathlons, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and is determined to do the charity and his colleagues proud.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports 150 children and their families, across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, through its hospice at home service and state of the art hospice, Russell House, in Huddersfield.

Senior community fundraiser, Lucy Burnett, said: “An Iron Man Triathlon is no easy undertaking and everyone at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice will be getting behind Dr Betts’ challenge and we are confident that the community will do the same.

“He is incredibly brave taking on one of the world’s toughest physical contests, and through this he will be helping out families who take on their own extraordinary challenges every day.”

The triathlon takes place on August 23. To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/SimonBettsIronMan