Personal trainer Curtis High dedicates Ironman challenge in memory of brother Taylor
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'The pain I have gone through this week was not a fraction of the pain we feel every day without you.'
Those were the poignant thoughts of Curtis High after he dedicated his seven day ultimate Ironman challenge to his brother, Taylor, who died six years ago.
Personal trainer Mr High, 30 from Lowestoft, completed seven extreme challenges, back-to-back, last week – finishing with the London Marathon on Sunday as he raised more than £3,500 for the Taylor High Memorial Fund.
His parents Elaine and Gary High set up the fund in his brother Taylor's memory, after the popular teenager died in a crash in west Norfolk in 2011. Since then the fund has raised more than £93,000 for deserving causes and made more than 80 donations across Waveney.
The final London Marathon challenge turned into an epic day as he finished in four hours, 59 minutes.
Curtis said: 'It started off a little crazy as I got a little mislead on the train and had to run 5.6miles to the start zone. I completed the marathon, which is usually 26.2 miles, but actually ran 34 miles, as I ran 28.4 miles in the marathon itself as I hadn't took the fastest route round. 'So taking all this into consideration, as well as the week leading up to the marathon, I am more than happy to break the five hour mark.'
He added: 'Thank you so much to every single person that donated and wished me well. I am truly blessed to know such fantastic people. I dedicate this whole week to my brother Taylor – the pain I have gone through this week was not a fraction of the pain we feel every day without you.'
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Having set out to raise £2,000, Curtis managed to raise more than £3,500 for Taylor's fund.
His mother Elaine High said: 'As his mum, I have immense pride in Curtis and what he achieved. I watched many of the events and each one was just astonishing to see what grit and determination my son had.
'I also think he had the backing of half of Lowestoft as we have received so many lovely messages saying he was amazing.'
Between April 17 and last Sunday, April 23, Curtis High completed a tandem skydive at Ellough Airfield, rowed the equivalent length of the channel on a water rower at Bannatyne Health Club in Lowestoft, swam about 4,000m as he topped the 3,700m width of Loch Ness in the Bannatyne's swimming pool.
He also cycled 50 miles on an exercise bike at Bannatyne's, climbed the height of the Eiffel Tower on a climbing wall at Waterlane Sports Centre, competed in the East Anglian Triathlon and then ran the London Marathon on Sunday.
The seven day challenges were all completed back-to-back.
Speaking afterwards he said: 'I won't lie, every day was a real test and pushed me. But I am very happy I didn't let anyone down and finished it. Now may also be a good time to also say I did it all with a suspected fractured wrist too.'