Date: 11 June 2012
BU Advertising and Marketing Communication student Gemma Clarkson is taking on an extreme Ironman Challenge in memory of fellow BU student Ellie Davis, who died in 2010.
On Sunday 17 June, she will swim, cycle and run one of the toughest Ironman courses in the UK as she competes in the Wimbleball 70.3 mile long triathlon race, taking place on Exmoor.
Gemma said 'I'm doing this in memory of my lovely friend, Ellie, who died in 2010 of SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy) in our first year of university. I know how devastating epilepsy can be and I don't think there is sufficient awareness of epilepsy as a condition, that's why I'm raising money for Epilepsy Society.'
She has already raised £1,874 towards her target and urges anyone wanting to sponsor her to visit her fundraising page www.justgiving.com/Gemma-Clarkson-Ironman.
To complete the Ironman challenge Gemma will have to swim 1.2 miles, cycle 56 miles and then run a 13.1 mile half marathon. She has been combining her training regime over the last year with her placement for a marketing communications ageent in London. She said: 'I have trained hard and am looking forward to competing, but I am a bit nervous as I know how tough it is going to be!'