The youngest athlete to take part in Ironman Wales raises money for Horton and P
Cameron Tallis who took part in the Ironman Wales Triathlon in September, just four days after his 18th birthday, became the youngest person ever to complete the course.
He raised over £1,300 sponsorship for the event which he donated to the Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station. The Ironman Wales Triathlon held in Tenby is considered as one of the toughest Ironman’s in the world. The minimum age for taking part in an Ironman Triathlon is 18.
Cameron, who is currently studying Sports Science at Pembrokshire College, has a close connection with the lifeboat station as his Grandfather, Sir Robert Hastie is President of the Station.
Cameron said: ‘The cycle course of the Triathlon goes past my house and watching the cyclists over the years made me want to take part. Having completed my first Ironman I am hooked and will be entering other in the future.’
Cameron offered the following advise to anyone thinking of entering the triathlon: ‘If anyone is thinking of doing an Ironman I would advise them to embrace it. It will be hard but the feeling of achievement after it is second to none. You are an Ironman and no one can ever take that away from you.’
Recently Radio Pembrokshire granted Cameron the award of Young Sportsman of the Year.
Lawrie Grove, Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement for Cameron. The Ironman event is extremely difficult and challenging; it is a 2.4 miles swim, 112 miles cycle followed by a 26.2 miles run. We were very pleased to welcome Cameron to the lifeboat station and are extremely grateful for his kind donation. The RNLI is dependent on donations to continue its work.’
Attached is a photo showing the Cameron presenting the cheque to his grandfather and President of the Station. Also in the photo are members of Cameron’s family including his parents, friends and voluntary crew members and members of the Lifeboat Station.
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