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London Triathlon in Aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK

Dal London Triathlon Crohns Colitis

a recent picture of me

My name is Dal, I am a 37 college lecturer from Essex in the UK. I posted on here during my first flair up in May ( this when I was feeling pretty rough. For more info please read that post entitled ‘Newcomer to this illness all advice welcome’. I have been on steroids and mesalazine since March and the Diarrhea finally ceased about 3 weeks ago. I am currently feeling really positive about things and have entered the London 2012 triathlon in support of Crohn’s and Colitis UK in an effort to regain my fitness.
How’s Dal Feeling:
Feeling 90% normal at the moment.

Dal’s Story:

In my last post I wrote that in a year I would like to do a triathlon, well I brought it forward and have entered the 2012 London Triathlon. I thought to myself, you know what, I am not going to let this beat me, so I have been training hard, running, cycling and swimming 5 days a week for the past 2 weeks. I’ve still got 12 weeks before the Triathlon left so I need to stay in remission. I am running for Crohn’s and Colitis UK and I was hoping to raise some sponsorship, and give some fellow sufferers hope that things can get better. When I was ill I was thinking this is going to ruin my whole life and I couldn’t see any light at the end ogf the tunnel, but you/we can fight it. I believe I developed the illness through stress at work. I am trying to think positive now and I feel a lot better for it.

It seemed like a good idea to enter the London Triathlon 2012. I’m doing the ‘hardcore’ Olympic distance which is a mile swim (in the Thames where I’ll probably pick up another disease) then 40km on the bike, then a 10k run, if my knees hold up. It will be hard but fun!
I’m fundraising for Crohn’s and Colitis UK (aka The National Association of Crohn’s and Colitis).

Please help me make a difference by making a donation to my Virgin Money Giving page. Any donation, however small, is welcome, as I’d really like to hit my £500 target.

To find out more about what I’m doing and to sponsor me please visit

Don’t forget to tick the box to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation if you’re a UK tax payer. Virgin Money Giving will pass this on in full to charity, making your donation go even further.

Many thanks,



Where I’d Like to be in 1 year:

Feeling good, feeling healthy, feeling happy and in control of my UC. Participating in more triathlons and doing the London to Paris cycle event 2013.
Current medications:
6 x 400mg Mesalazine per day and 15mg Prednisolone per day (Down from 40mg per day)

2 thoughts on “London Triathlon in Aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK”

  1. Awesome!! I’m a triathlete as well… so excited for you. The thing I’m working on is to decrease all the sugary drinks and fuel, as I’m sure that contributes to an imbalanced gut. Today is my first day off Prednisone so fingers crossed! So far so good… just did an Olympic distance yesterday (whoo hoo!) and training for a 70.3 in Sept. If you want to share war stories you can find my at Planning to post about training diets & UC this week.

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