Triathlons are tough and ironmans even more so, but Benn Coubrough will take things to a new level on Friday.
Fuelled by his father’s multiple strokes in recent times, the 33-year-old Merewether man will attempt to complete four half-ironman courses in the space of 24 hours.
That’s a grand total of 7.6 kilometres swimming, 360km riding the bike and 84.4km running, or the equivalent of two marathons.
Helping the personal trainer through the pain, around the Hunter and across the line will be his support crew, including 59-year-old wheelchair-bound dad Mark.
“It will be a good driver,” Coubrough said.
“I’ve got the body there and I think I will hold up, but it’s all in the mind. Having dad there and knowing my clients are all supporting me and the reason I’m doing it, that should be enough to keep me going.”
Coubrough starts the charity challenge at Merewether Oceans Baths on Friday (8am) and intends to finish at Newy parkrun in Carrington on Saturday (8am).
During the four six-hour blocks he will be travelling down Darby Street, along Warners Bay and out near Maitland.
The journey has been called “Stroke No Limits” and underlined by the mantra “Desire, Determination, Discipline”.
The financial goal is to raise $3000 for the Stroke Foundation.