Rachel Coombs

I am completing an IRONMAN triathlon during the month of August 2018. I have taken on the challenge of completing a virtual IRONMAN triathlon:

3.8km swim
180km bike
42km run

All within the month of August.

I love running, that's no secret, but I have never been the same on my bike since falling off and (badly) breaking my right wrist many years ago. Since then I've done a few family rides, carrying a child on a seat behind me, but never going far or fast. And cycling seems to be exponentially longer than the swimming and running! Lovely!!

And I have to get into a swimsuit to go swimming which has always put me off!

Wessex Cancer Trust believe that there should be help and support available to everyone living with cancer, when and where they need it.


Every year around 23,000 people are diagnosed with cancer within the Wessex region. A diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on an entire family.  Wessex Cancer Trust is committed to offering free support for as long as people need it.

At all of our cancer centre clients are welcomed by our volunteer befrienders who are equipped to provide information, support and a listening ear. Our team of specialist counsellors are there to help deal with the emotional impact of cancer and our complementary therapies aim to improve wellbeing, help with pain management and increase self-confidence.

 Wessex Cancer Trust also provide dedicated children's services, singing therapy groups, programmes to help people move on from cancer and a transport scheme which provides over 20,000 passenger journeys each year. 

 Each year Wessex Cancer Trust are able to reach over 8,000 people in the local community.

Rachel Coombs