Carwyn Glyn Evans is taking on this year’s Ironman Wales to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes, inspired by his nephew, Caio.
If that wasn’t tough enough, Carwyn, from Carmarthen, will build up to the event with a series of challenges between now and 15 September, all raising funds for Diabetes UK Cymru.
Caio was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2017, aged 6.
Three gruelling challenges
Carwyn got "hooked" after his first triathlon two years ago. As part of his Ironman training Carwyn completed the Great Welsh Marathon earlier this month, and Caio joined him to cross the finish line.
Next, he will take on the Long Course Weekend in Tenby in July, one of Wales’ most difficult triathlon courses, followed by the Sospan Sizzler in Llanelli, a half-Ironman course.
Carwyn, a teacher at Meidrim Primary School, said, “Caio had been constantly asking for water and needing the bathroom more than usual, two common symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. There was a huge amount for our whole family to learn.
“Caio is a happy and fulfilled boy and we are all proud of his maturity when it comes to handling his condition, but things can be difficult. Greater awareness and understanding would make things so much easier. I also want to raise funds to help Diabetes UK Cymru support other families across Wales living with Type 1 diabetes.”
The world’s toughest challenges
Ironman events are among the world’s toughest sporting challenges. Over 2,000 competitors take on Ironman Wales each September. Each must complete a 2.4-mile swim in Carmarthen Bay, a 112-mile cycle ride around Pembrokeshire and a 26.2-mile run through Tenby.
"Caio thinks it’s awesome that I’m doing this to help children like him. Knowing he will be there to cheer me on in September is great motivation when the training gets tough"
Thank you so much, Carwyn for taking on such an incredible challenge. We can’t wait to follow your progress this summer!