Ironman Matt’s French Challenge for St Albans hospice

A PERSONAL endurance challenge in Nice has turned into a fundraiser for Grove House.

Local father of two, Matt Houlden, set himself a special target this year – to complete the Nice Ironman Challenge. He said: “This is the first time I’ve ever attempted to do anything like this. It started as a personal challenge – probably a bit of mid-life crises really!”

“As I told friends, they all suggested I do it to raise money for Grove House so that’s what’s going to happen.”

Matt, accompanied by his wife, Rachel, will be travelling to Nice on June 27 to take part in the challenge which consists of swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and then immediately running 26.2 miles.

To sponsor Matt and help him raise as much money as possible for Grove House visit or follow him on his blog

Grove House, Director of Fundraising Paul Parrish will be completing his own Ironman Challenge this year, The Outlaw, based in Nottingham on August 8.

To support Paul visit and to follow his blog

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If you would like to take up a challenge to support Grove House, give Liz a ring on 01727 731008 or visit