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Gary's Double Trouble for Gavin Glynn
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Gary's Double Trouble for Gavin Glynn

€ 7,895.00

Target : € 5,000.00
From 199 fantastic supporters DONATIONS AVAILABLE UNTIL 04 Oct 2021

Gary Smith

Fundraising For The Gavin Glynn Foundation
Latest Update !!

I'm doing to fundraise for The Gavin Glynn Foundation. Your support is very much appreciated.


"It was estimated that by 2020 “1 in 2” people in Ireland will develop cancer in their lifetime, with that potentially doubling in the incidence of cancer by 2045. Worldwide, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and is the leading cause of death by disease in children."


In March 2018 I found myself on the “1” side of the above statistic when a seemingly harmless cyst on my lower back was diagnosed as being an extremely rare cancerous tumour. In August of that year I successfully had surgery to remove the tumour and thankfully, all my follow up scans and examinations have been clear since!

Early in 2018 before my diagnosis, I had sparked a keen interest in the sport of triathlon (initially mainly for the challenge of being able to swim 750m!). I remember post-surgery, unable to sit or lie down without pain and discomfort, seeing on the news that the Ironman 70.3 triathlon was taking place in Dublin that week……I couldn’t have been further from being able to compete!!

Once recovered, my main motivation was to get physically fit again and I pushed on with my interest in triathlon by joining Pulse Triathlon Club ( Since then, I have completed numerous races including Dublin City Marathon and Ironman 70.3 Weymouth in 2019.


When I heard about The Gavin Glynn Foundation (TGGF) ( and the great work they do for children and their families diagnosed with cancer, I was immediately blown away and inspired to help.

Through the help and support provided by TGGF, these children are given the chance to access vital treatment abroad which otherwise would be financially impossible.

Given my own experience with the disease, I want to combine my love of triathlon and the challenge of raising funds to help TGGF continue to make such a difference in the lives of those that need it most.


So here is the challenge!!!

On Saturday 7th August and then again on Sunday 8th August, I will attempt to complete an Ironman distance triathlon (3.9km Swim, 180.2km Bike, 42.2km Run).


Event Details:

Swim - Wakeboard and Waterski Club, Summerhill, Co. Meath. ( Special thanks to Eamon and this family run club who have generously agreed to let me use the lake for this event.

Bike - Areas of counties Meath, Kildare & Dublin (

Run - Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin (


This is a massive challenge for me so please get behind the event by donating what you can to TGGF but also by resharing this link to all friends and family through Facebook, What'sApp, Instagram etc.

I would also love to see you come out and support me and maybe even join in at parts! 😊

I will post more details between now and the event but in the meantime please donate!!!


Gary Smith




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Well done!! God bless you!!


Chris Watts



Emma Quinn


Wow, well done Gary! Gavin's legacy is such an important charity.


Lucilla Flinter


Congratulations Gary. Fantastic achievement and such a deserving cause. Well done!


Fionnuala Feely


As promised, double the reward for double the trouble! Such a great achievement to have completed it Gary and GGF are well deserving of every penny.


Selene Brennan





Well done








Judith Boylan


Well done Gary some achievement 💪💪


Recent Updates

  • 11 Aug 2021
    Hello there!! I'm absolutely delighted to report that despite "mother nature" doing her utmost on Saturday to make life difficult, I made it through the weekend and completed my "Double Trouble" challenge (see times below)! When I took on this challenge it was to a certain extent a "jump into the unknown", but I can honestly say the level of support shown for me throughout has been overwhelming and gave me huge encouragement! A huge thank you to everyone who not only got behind the event by donating to TGGF, but to those who also made it out the weekend and got me over the line. Anyone who has ever done an endurance event knows too well that the support behind the scenes is so important and I can honestly say that without this, the weekend would not have been possible. I've been absolutely blown away with the amount we've managed to raise so far (€7,525 at the time of writing and still counting!!)......remember the page will stay open until 8th Sept so still plenty of time to pass on to anyone who you think would like to donate! This money raised will make a real tangible difference in the lives of those that need it most so again I cannot thank everyone of you enough. For the foreseeable I'm well and truly in "recovery mode" but already looking forward to competing in "IRONMAN 70.3 PORTUGAL - CASCAIS" at the end of October (if the legs allow it!!!!) Thanks again, Gary Day 1: 12hrs 24mins (excluding transition times) Swim (3.86km) - 1hr 22min Bike (180.25km) - 6hrs 34min Run (42.20km) - 4hrs 27min Day 2: 12hrs 25mins (excluding transition times) Swim (3.86km) - 1hr 26min Bike (180.25km) - 6hrs 39min Run (42.20km) - 4hrs 19min
  • 07 Aug 2021
    Follow Gary on his cycle live tracker
  • 03 Aug 2021
    Run Route
  • 03 Aug 2021
    Bike Route
  • 03 Aug 2021
    Hello there! For those interested in supporting or joining in on the event this weekend, please see below some very approximate timelines along with the bike and run routes. I will also hopefully be posting up a live tracking link on each day of the event. Very excited to get started!! 07:00 - Swim Start (Wake N Ski, Arodstown, Summerhill, Co. Meath) 08:45 - Bike Start (1st Leg 90km) 12:30 - Bike Start (2nd Leg 90km) 16:15 - Run Start
  • 26 Jul 2021
    Stunning picture of the lake I will get to use in 2 weeks time thanks to "Wake N Ski" Sports Club in Summerhill. It was an early start for us but the water temperature was surprisingly warm!
  • 26 Jul 2021
    2 weeks out from the event and myself and a few others from Pulse Triathlon Club get ready to try out the lake in Summerhill
  • 19 Jul 2021
    My last "big week" of training completed!! The training load gradually eases now over these next 3 weeks ahead of the event, feeling good!
  • 15 Jul 2021
    It said XL on the tag, not a chance :-)
  • 15 Jul 2021
    Some lovely gear just arrived from TGGF.....looking forward to wearing these in August!! Thanks a mil John

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