A duathlon is to be held in memory of a keen sportsman from Glossop.
The Kaiser Challenge is organised by Sarah Hoare in memory of her fiance Alex Kaiser, 28, who was a keen cyclist and rugby player. Alex had just completed a mountain biking challenge in South Wales when he did on April 28th last year.
His death was caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic condition that causes thickened heart muscles and can lead to an irregular and potentially fatal change in heart rhythms. The duathlon will raise money for the Cardiomyopathy Association which helps sufferers of the problem.
Last year the long distance Kaiser Challenge raised £55,000 and was in the form of a bike ride from Alex’s birth town of Glossop to Bristol where the couple shared a home.
Alex’s death came just two months before they were due to marry and this year the challenge will take place on July 6th, the day before what would have been their wedding anniversary. Held in Bristol, it will be a five kilometre run through the Ashton Court Estate, a 50 mile cycle through the Bristol countryside and a five kilometre dash through the Mendip hills to the finish line.
It will start at the Bristol Suspension Bridge entrance to Ashton Court before finishing at Nempnett Farm in Nempnett Thrubwell. The race will be followed with a celebratory evening event which will also raise funds for the Cardiomyopathy Association.
Sarah said: “Alex was an amazing person with a can-do attitude, and we wanted to do something that really honoured his memory.
“The event last year gave us something positive to focus on, and by organising another event this year we can continue raising money for a really worthwhile cause.
“We had a great turnout last year, and a lot of the participants formed some really strong friendships, which is something I know Alex would have wanted to see. He always got on fantastically with other people, and seeing friendships made at his event was really fitting.”
Around 100 people have already signed up for the challenge. To find out more, to register or to make a donation, visit the Kaiser Challenge website.