Boss goes many extra miles to boost charity’s funds

Martin Haigh, of Lattitude7, with his medal after completing the UK Ironman Triathlon
Martin Haigh, of Lattitude7, with his medal after completing the UK Ironman Triathlon

A Brighouse businessman has gone many extra miles to raise £2,000 for a disability charity.

Martin Haigh, who runs the Lattitude7 training and development company, completed the UK Ironman Triathlon earlier this month in aid of SCOPE.

Martin crossed the finish line in Bolton after a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon in 16 hours, 26 minutes and 17 seconds - well inside the cut off time of 17 hours.

Martin said the Ironman, which is recognised as the toughest human endurance race, was really hard but, at the same time, a great experience.

“There were some 2,000 competitors taking part from all over the world and, as we all entered the open water at six o’clock in the morning, it was quite frantic with competitors looking to get a good racing line,” he said.

“The bike course was really hilly including double climbs up the infamous Sheep House Lane, Anglezarke Quarry and Whittle Lane, near Parbold.

“The marathon run was not too steep and, as it was a multi-lap run course, we had the benefit of seeing our supporters on four occasions.”

Martin would like to thank the people who supported him by either donating to his Just Giving site or by being part of the enterprise projects at Salterhebble School, Halifax.

It is the latest in a series of major accomplishments for Martin in 2014, including Lattitude7 being named Innovator of the Year at the Brighouse Echo Business Awards.

The original Ironman was conceived in Hawaii back in 1977 when athletes from the Mid-Pacific running club and the Waikiki swimming club engaged in a debate about which sport created the best endurance sportsmen.

The epic distance race is now a worldwide event.