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Simon Philips - Last years volunteer of the year


Recognised for his volunteering work since the start-up of Tinworks Tri club, collaborating with other cubs, volunteering directly with Welsh Triathlon as well as running of a charity swim in August. His charity work has not stopped there.

"I had an idea to make use of my endurance training for Ironman Wales and try and raise some money and awareness for Hywel Dda Charities. They were running a campaign to raise money to buy essentials for patients because they have no visitors at this time and are running out of the essentials during their stay.

Hywel Dda Charities had an Amazon wish list that people could buy from, which I did (just some toothpaste, shower gel & PJ's) 

They also have a just giving page to help their staff and patients"

Simon, 41, from Llanelli, set off on his virtual cycle at 9 am on Wednesday 15th April, and pedaled for 24 hours until the following morning. Exhausted and aching after the mammoth 500km-plus cycle, Simon, a father-of-two, said it was the hardest thing he had ever done.

Simon, who is married to Kim, is an engineer for GE Healthcare who installs and repairs X-ray equipment, which has included CT scanners at several of Hywel Dda’s hospitals.

"I want to personally thank every single one who helped, I won’t lie it was a really tough challenge. It started well and with the help of a Bynea CC rider and Geraint Thomas my first 3 -4 hours was smashing 240 watts and I got coned for being too fast on zwift. This was a mistake. I took my first and only long break of 20mins at the 12-hour point (because a good friend sent me a kebab to my house. I was in a lot of pain after 15 hours and struggled to hold 100 watts. Luckily nutrition and fluids were planned well, plus a few bonus surprises from Mrs P and Zoe. Thanks for the messages all through the day. They really kept me going, especially in the early hours when I got a really nice message and video message of encouragement at 4am. Huge thanks to everyone from Tinworks Tri, Bynea CC, Army Reservists, GE Healthcare Employees who virtually rode with me.

I am delighted to say we raised over £825 for a hard day's work 

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