Phil hoping to raise £50k with back-to-back Ironman challenges

Phil Morris, right, and brother Gareth Morris midway through their 10 Ironmen in 10 days challenge.
Phil Morris, right, and brother Gareth Morris midway through their 10 Ironmen in 10 days challenge.

A Darnick business man is today completing his seventh Ironman challenge as part of a bid to do 10 of them in just 10 days for charity.

Phil Morris, 50, is attempting the back-to-back extreme triathlon-style feats to raise money for Borders charity Cash for Kids.

Each Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.22-mile run, all without a break in the middle.

The self-employed business coach is swimming through Cauldshiels Loch in Melrose, cycling a shuttle route between Melrose and Kelso four times, then running a marathon distance loop around Melrose, Boleside and Tweedbank every morning.

Alongside his brother Gareth, 48, visiting from London, Phil hopes to raise £50,000 to help disadvantaged children in the region.

If successful, come Sunday the keen cyclists will join an elite group of just 87 people to have completed a so-called deca-Ironman challenge.

Phil, who moved here from Wales with his Scottish wife Woody five years ago, said: “We love it here. It’s so stunning, and if you love the outdoors and sport, it’s the perfect place to live.

“But there’s also sadly a lot of hidden poverty, and we thought this would be a great way to bring the community together and help raise money for Cash for Kids, which helps underprivileged children, and have a little fun along the way.”

“My wife Woody is a trustee with the charity, so I have seen first hand where this money goes and it really does make a huge difference to children where we live.”

You can sponsor Phil at www.cashforkidsgive.co.uk/campaign/radio-borders-ironman-challenge-2019/fundraisers/phil-morris