Mike’s last triathlon tribute to D-Day dad

Friday, 21st June 2019 — By Ezreen Benissan

Mike Power after completing a previous triathlon

Mike Power after completing a previous triathlon

A GRANDFATHER of five and soon to be great-granddad will be the oldest person competing in the London Triathlon next month.

Mike Power, 74, is set to take part in his fifth and final London Triathlon, and endurance race including swimming, cycling and running.

Mike has lived in Islington for 25 years. Training at the Market Road Tennis Centre Gym and around Caledonian Park, he has received a lot of support from the local community. “They have contributed and often cheer me along,” he says.

Mike’s father was killed in action in Normandy in the Second World War and took part in the D-Day landings. He died three months before Mike was born.


Above: his father Bill and mother Ethel on their honeymoon in Bournemouth in 1937

Mike is raising money for War Child, which helps children affected by conflict in war-torn countries, and is a charity very significant to him. “I’ve chosen War Child because I was a war child,” he says.

To date, over all his triathlons, Mike has raised more than £21,000 but says “to push the boat out the end goal is to receive £23,000.”

The London Triathlon begins on Saturday July 27 and ends on Sunday 28th. To donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/mike-power9


Mai’s 5km challenge for cancer charity

Mai Aly at the end of her run

AN Angel resident celebrated the end of her cancer treatment with a charity run to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support on Saturday.

Mai Aly, 31, had her “world turned upside down” when she found out she had stage four Hodgkin lymphoma just months after both her parents died. Around 600 runners took part onJune9inRun Regent’s Park for the cancer charity which raised £150,000 that will go towards supporting those facing the often debilitating disease.

Mai said she decided to start fundraising for Macmillan during treatment. “I realised how expensive cancer is. I could not work. It took 10 days to get out of bed after a chemo session. It gave me a renewed appreciation of organisations like Macmillan,” she said.

The IT worker was joined on the 5km run by her friends – some coming from as far away as Switzerland – and her boyfriend Ashley.

“It was a really good event,” she says. “I didn’t run the whole thing. It was never going to happen. I did a mix of jogging and walking and completed it in around 45 minutes. I looked forward to that run throughout my treatment.”

Mai Aly and friends in Regent’s Park

Mai relied on Macmillan to provide her with information after she was diagnosed with cancer.

“It was helpful to look at their website and get information I knew was reliable,” she says. “Other websites said I was going to die in two weeks.”

She has raised more than £1,400 so far.

Hodgkins lymphoma is a rare type of blood cancer. Mai says: “Initially I was devastated and thought I was going to die. My world turned upside down, everything I knew about my life was about to change. I felt frightened. I was worried about pain, and losing my hair was difficult to deal with emotionally.”

You can still donate to Mai on her fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/company teams/TeamMai

Find out more about Macmillan at www.macmillan.org.uk/

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