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Sunday 21 July 2019

Michelle ready for Ironman challenge

Bill Browne

A Mallow woman has spent the last six-months in intensive training as she prepares to take on an endurance challenge that will test her levels of stamina and fitness to their very limits.

Michelle Nagle will joining other elite athletes from across the globe, including double Olympic medal-winning British tri-athlete Alistair Brownlee, in Youghal on Sunday, June 23 for the first ever full distance Ironman to take place in Ireland. 

The gruelling event will see more than 2,300 competitors from more than 60 countries take on the mammoth challenge, that will kick off with a 3.8km swim off the scenic Claycastle Beach.

The second Ironman leg will see the field take on a 180-km cycle, that will include taking on the famous Windmill Hill twice, before heading off around Cork Harbour and back to Youghal.

Ironman will end with a 42.2km run (the exact length of a full marathon), that will see the competitors circuit the town of Youghal four times before finally crossing the finish line. 

Michelle is taking part in the event to raise money for Jigsaw, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, a charity that provides supports to young people with their mental health by working closely with communities across the country.

"Jigsaw is an organisation that is working to change how Ireland thinks about and responds to young people's mental health," said Michelle. 

Anyone who would like to join Michelle in lending their support to Jigsaw can do so at https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/support-youth-mental-health. The page is already well on the way to meeting is €1,200 target.

"I have created this page because I want to make a difference. I am inspired by the work of Jigsaw and wanted to support them by raising money while on my journey to partaking in an Ironman challenge," said Michelle. 

"The more people that know about Jigsaw, the their impact. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot," she added.

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