EPR Architects director Reg Aaron is putting in some serious training to get into shape for the London Triathlon and raise £50,000 for charity in the process.
Forty-eight-year-old Aaron has completed several marathons in the past, including New York, Paris and Amsterdam, but must now add cycling and swimming events into the mix for his first triathlon event, on October 1, starting at the Royal Albert Dock. He will be competing against athletes in what the organisers hope will be a concerted effort from architects as well as celebrities taking part, such as hotelier Rocco Forte and restaurateur Jean-Christophe Novelli.
'Because of the nature of the job you tend to get rather large and I needed something to challenge me, ' said Aaron. He has lost a stone and a half (9.5kg) after training for nine sessions per week in the three disciplines since April - including occasionally cycling the 12 miles to and from work. Fitting in the sessions alongside his daily job has been tough, however, said Aaron. He has even had to learn the front crawl for the event.
The 'sprint triathlon' he aims to complete is half as gruelling as the Olympic version, with a 750m swim, followed by a 20km cycle ride and 5km run.Aaron is aiming to raise money for charities including research into childhood meningitis, the provision of specialist equipment for disabled kids and the transfer of medical skills from the UK to poor countries in Africa and Asia. Potential sponsors can contact him on tel 020 7834 4411.