What comes to mind when you think of completing a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run in the same day, with no breaks in between? Sheer madness? Pain, perhaps? Semi-professional triathlete Ian Dempsey does this to push physical and mental boundaries and well and truly deserves support.
Leading Birmingham law firm QualitySolicitors Davisons - who have an office on Warwick Road - are proud to announce their sponsorship of Ian Dempsey, who has his heart set on winning the 70.3 Ironman World Championships in South Africa in September and making the transition to become a full professional triathlete by the end of the 2018 season.
It is an ambitious target, but Mr Dempsey is no stranger to hard work and gruelling challenges having competed in what are arguably some of the most difficult courses in the world, including as recently as 12 May. Mr Dempsey finished third in his age group in the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, which is a half Ironman event and good preparation for the big target later this year.
Here are some achievements from Mr Dempsey’s relatively short seven years of participating in triathlons:
- Ironman 70.3 Staffs: 1st in category 2015, 2016 and 2017
- London AJ Bell triathlon 2015: Winner of open age group
- Challenge Fuertaventura: 1st in category 2016
- Challenge Peguera: 1st in category 2016
- Challenge Gran Caneria: 2nd in category 2017
- Challenge Salou: 1st in category 2017
- British Triathlon Age Group Championships: 2nd in category 2017
- Ironman 70.3 Weymouth: 3rd in category 2017
Not one to sit idly by, QualitySolicitors Davisons Director, Partner and Solicitor Daryl Wilkes is also pushing boundaries in preparation for Iron Man Wales in September, including having competed in the recent Ironman 70.3 Mallorca too.
His efforts are motivated by a fundraising target of £5,000 for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, which is inspired by his dad’s challenge with bowel cancer. People can find out more about his appeal and donate here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/darrylironman.
Mr Wilkes said: “I am hoping that the severity of the event will help people dig deep for sponsorship,” Mr Wilkes added. “My training started in December and is already in excess of 12 hours a week. It’s part of our commitment to do more and be more involved.”
If you are a local to the West Midlands, you might have seen Mr Wilkes and Mr Dempsey training together. Mr Wilkes said the drive and passion of Mr Dempsey is an inspiration and echoes the level of commitment QualitySolicitors Davisons has for clients.
“There’s a real hunger with Ian to succeed and to set goals that are incredibly demanding, but he’s not afraid of rising to the challenge,” Mr Wilkes said, adding “I admire that dedication and can see that reflected by our team here – the Ironman mantra of ‘anything is possible’ definitely rings true.”
Mr Dempsey decided to get serious with triathlons in 2012 after a trip to Hyde Park to see the Brownlees take Gold and Bronze in the Olympic Games.
“I was inspired and hooked! Just over 2 years on I threw myself into the deep end, cranked up the training, hired myself a coach and raced my way to the World Championships as an age grouper in Edmonton, Canada in September 2014 taking home a respectable 6th place.”
Mr Wilkes added: “There is an expression that good things come in three – here’s hoping that applies to triathlons! We wish Ian all the best for the challenges that lie ahead.”