Steve is training to be a Salvation Army minister. For his Leap of Faith he will run, bike and swim more than 70 miles.
“My name is Steve, I’m a distance-learning cadet in training at The Salvation Army and, before last year, I’d never done a triathlon – until I signed up to complete three of them within the year!
"A few days after finishing the last triathlon, when I was still riding the wave of excitement and the soreness in my muscles had finally worn off, something came over me and I decided to enter the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire.
"The race – an official half Ironman event - usually fills up within an hour so before I could talk myself out of it, I entered! For the same reason I signed up for the three triathlons last year, I wanted to do something to raise money for the church I co-lead with my wife Clare in Plumstead but also do something which was new to me - a personal challenge.
"The course of the June race covers 70.3 miles in total and includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile cycle and finishes off with a 13.1-mile run. This is a massive step up from the triathlons which were much shorter with a 750-metre swim, 10-mile bike ride and 3-mile run.
"I knew it would be very tough preparing for this, and am in training 6 days a week. I have to fit in the training I need to do whilst at the same time running the church, completing college work and with a new baby in the house. Plus, getting up to train before the sun rises is certainly never easy!
"This has been a massive leap of faith for me because doing the distances last year was difficult, especially with the swimming, which I am not very good at! But I think it’s important to grow and improve and I knew I would have to really push and challenge myself to complete this race. Plus, I’m doing it all to raise money for Plumstead Salvation Army so we can get the new oven we need to keep serving our local area at our community café which I think is something worth taking the leap for!”
Cheer on Steve and donate to his #LeapOfFaith.
Find out how you can raise money for us and take a 'Leap of Faith' here: http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/challenge-events