Well, he did it!
Saturday 26th June 2021 saw WO2 Si Hannaford cross the finish line after his epic FelixTri26 straight into the arms of his family.
The epic ultra-triathlon, named #FelixTri26, has seen Si swim the length of the channel (21 miles) at DDS Portsmouth before cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, covering 1000 miles over 10 days. And finally, Si has run from John O’Groats to Camper King HQ, covering 756 miles (56 miles a day) over 14 days
Si, 43, undertook the challenge to raise £100,000 and split the funds between Felix Fund, the bomb disposal charity which supports serving personnel and veterans, providing financial assistance and welfare support to those who have conducted or assisted with bomb disposal & search duties. And the Hummingbird Centre, a cancer support centre based in Launton, near Bicester.
As part of the triathlon, Si undertook the first mile of his 756-mile run in a bomb suit, completing the challenge in 13 minutes.
Si Hannaford, as he crossed the finishing line, said: “It’s been a challenge like no other and being able to finish on Armed Forces Day in front of friends and family is just incredible. When I took on the challenge, I knew it was going to be hard and there’s been blood, sweat and tears along the way.”
“Seeing the messages and donations come in whilst I’ve been putting the miles in and knowing how much of a difference the funds will make has kept me going. I can’t thank those who’ve donated enough.”
Last year Si ran 26 marathons in 26 days on a treadmill and raised £4,000 for the NHS and Felix Fund, which supported him after tours of Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Northern Ireland.
Melanie Moughton, CEO of Felix Fund, said: “Si’s achievement is beyond the belief. It’s been amazing to see him power on throughout the challenge, showing what he’s really made of. In addition to his remarkable achievement last year, we’re incredibly grateful for the work he has done for the Felix Fund.”
With support from Carl, Alex and Mark who were with him every step of the way and sponsorship from NP Aerospace, Camper Kings, Aardvark Group and Pearson Engineering he was able to undertake and complete the challenge he set himself for 2021.
A big thank you must go to all of them as well as Si’s family and of course the hero of the hour himself.
There is still time to donate in recognition of this tremendous effort. http://www.justgiving.com/SimonHannaford