Louth Triathlete gives his all for charity cash

Martin Ball setting on his cycle route for Woodhall Spa Tri EMN-140720-215905001
Martin Ball setting on his cycle route for Woodhall Spa Tri EMN-140720-215905001

Martin Ball from Louth Tri Club is raising money for The Ethan Maull Cancer Foundation and Alzheimer’ Society, competing in events throughout the country.

Last month Martin completed the Dambuster Olympic Distance Triathlon. He finished a very respectable 16th out of 460 in his age group and 78th out of 2,000+ overall at the event which involved a 1,500m open water swim, 42km bike and a 10km run.

He followed this with a swim of a mile an hour for 24 hours on June 24 where he teamed up with other swimmers to swim open water. This is a world’s first and the team completed it, hitting the record books. The swim was actually mapped out at 25.25 miles and the World Open Water Swimming Association has granted it record book status.

Martin then went on to compete in another Sprint Triathlon which was the final part of the Midlands Sprint Series, held at Woodhall Spa. Martin finished 16th overall and second for his age group in the series.

He hasn’t finished there; in August Martin intends to swim the treacherous Corryvwreckan Whirlpool up in Scotland. It is the third largest whirlpool in the world of permanent presence and at high tide can have 15 foot waves to battle. He has joined up with 12 other swimmers to take on the challenge that has only been completed a handful of times.

To sponsor Martin please visit www.justgiving.com/Martin-Ball3 or www.justgiving.com/24hrswim.