Golden started his mammoth fundraising year with a 60 mile cycle challenge across Norfolk on Sunday (March 18).
He set himself the target of completing the challenge in 4hrs 30mins, and says: “I crossed the finish line at 12:45pm just as the rain started, my official time for 60 miles 3 hours 45 mins – possibly the hardest 3hrs 45mins of my life, but I couldn’t stop smiling.”
Golden will follow this weekend’s challenge up by undertaking the North Norfolk Half Marathon) on 13 May. Two weeks later, he will undertake the epic Norwich 100, a 100 mile cycle challenge from Norwich to Cromer, across the coastline to Great Yarmouth and back to Norwich.
Then he is back in the saddle on 5 August for a 60 mile cycle challenge followed by the London Duathlon on 9 September which includes a 10k run, 22km cycle and finishing with a 5km run.
The finale of this extraordinary fundraising marathon will end in Asia, with Ian cycling 470km miles from Vietnam to Cambodia in November 2012.
Golden, who recently lost an amazing four stone in weight, has set himself these cycling and running challenges to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society, which is very close to his heart since he witnessed his grandmother suffering from dementia.
He hopes to raise at least £ 5,000 by the end of the year.
Plumbase and Viessmann Boilers have already committed to becoming joint sponsors for Golden’s fundraising activity, donating a lump sum each and providing his cycling and running clothing across all events.
If you want to support Ian Golden, the online-giving link is www.justgiving.com/iangolden-2012 or text GOLD51 to 70070.