Ex-soldier to tackle Double Iron Man race

Darren Meet will take on the Double Iron Man Challenge for PSP. SUS-140826-094857001
Darren Meet will take on the Double Iron Man Challenge for PSP. SUS-140826-094857001

A former RAF regiment soldier from Eastbourne will take on the Double Iron Man Challenge next month in aid of a neurological charity.

David Meer is taking part in an incredible endurance event in September to help raise awareness and funds for little-known neurological charity PSPA (The PSP Association).

The Double Iron Man Challenge will see David and a handful of other competitors travel to Llanberis, Snowdonia National Park to attempt an endurance event like no other.

Competitors start the event swimming eight 1000m laps around the Llanberis Lake at the bottom of Snowdonia Slate Quarry. Eight hours into the challenge and as dusk approaches, David will cycle 224 miles around the national park accompanied by a support team. The challenge will finish with a 50mile run, of which the first 10 miles will see David running up and down Mount Snowdon.

The 40-year-old will be completing the challenge as a tribute to his father, David Meer, who was diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease PSP in 2012.

PSP is a neurological condition which robs people of the ability to walk, talk, feed themselves or communicate effectively. The average life expectancy is seven years from the onset of symptoms.

David said, “After seeing the pain Dad goes through on a daily basis, I decided I had to make people more aware of the condition.

“Everyone knows I’m into fitness. I’ve run several marathons and done things a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do, but I felt as though I needed to do something where people would say wow.

I spend a lot of time with dad and watching him slowly deteriorate spurs me on.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/David-Meer2. For information on PSPA, visit www.pspassociation.org.uk.