Patrick McClintock (SU 2019-21) completes Triple Ironman Triathlon challenge

Patrick (Paddy) McClintock (SU 2019-21) has just completed his Triple Ironman Triathlon challenge. Paddy decided to run 3 Ironman 70.3 events to raise money and awareness for the young suicide prevention charity, Papyrus. He decided to take on the challenge after losing two of his close friends, Oliver Chessher (CO 2019-21) and Honor Edwards (LI 2019-21), to suicide.

The Ironman events took place in the following locations – Ironman Nice 70.3 (25th June), Ironman Swansea 70.3 (16th July) and finally Outlaw X in Thoresby Park (3rd September). Each event comprises of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike followed by a 21.1 km run. Paddy spoke to us about losing both of his close friends to suicide, and how this has massively changed the way he views mental health and even experienced it himself as a result. The fact that 1 in 4 people will use anti-depressive medications throughout their lives is something that ‘makes his stomach turn’ and is an enormous issue that needs so much more attention.

So far, just over £3,640 has been raised for the Papyrus charity which aims to tackle young suicide and mental health, a problem that has become so engrained in our current society. During the final event, Oliver Chessher’s family were able to attend and support, allowing Paddy the opportunity to cross the finish line with Oliver’s mother, a moment he has told us he will forever cherish and never forget.

This challenge truly pushed Paddy to his core and he looks to build on this moving forward, hoping that more conversations regarding mental health and suicide can be generated and raise a greater awareness.

As always, check in on a mate. You can donate to Paddy’s Just Giving page here.