Contractor Kirk Yearsley competed yesterday in one of the most gruelling tests of endurance he will ever experience. The Decommissioning Project Engineer took part in this year’s Iron Man event, a test of extreme physical and mental strain. NRL are proud to have supported Kirk with a donation of £250 towards his cause.
The Iron Man challenge, which has attracted local, national and even international attention, involves a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and a 26.2 mile marathon run, designed to push participants to their extreme limit. The race saw Kirk travel across the Pennington Flash in Wigan on his journey towards the finish line in Victoria Square, Bolton. He finished the race with a total time of 12h 50m 56s, placing 593rd out of 2094 athletes.
Kirk competed this year to raise money for his chosen charity, Scope, which supports disabled people and aims to give them access to the same opportunities as everyone else. Kirk set himself the impressive goal of raising £1,500 for Scope through his Iron Man race and managed to reach a grand total of £1,533 thanks to donations made by friends, family & NRL.
If you’re feeling inspired by Kirk’s story, please visit his Just Giving page to find out more about the fundraiser.