A WELSH Ambulance Service worker is taking on this year’s Swansea 70.3 Ironman to raise money for The Ambulance Service Charity (TASC).
Mary-Jayne Granville, 35, an Ambulance Care Assistant for the Trust’s Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS) in Cardiff, will be swimming 1.2 miles, cycling 56 miles and running 13.1 miles on Sunday 07 August.
After a cycling accident and Covid-19 hindered her training, Mary-Jayne is now ready to take on Swansea’s first half Ironman course.
She said: “I’m looking forward to it.
“In 2019, I had a bit of a successful year of racing, although it ended in a crash.
“I trained really hard, but unfortunately the pandemic hit.”
Mary-Jayne started working for the Trust as a Volunteer Community First Responder in 2018, eventually moving to NEPTS in November 2021.
She said: “When I’m not working for NEPTS, I’m working on my parents’ dairy farm, which keeps me busy.
“To get to the farm, I also run from Pencoed to Cefn to keep my fitness up.”
Mary-Jayne is a club ambassador for Pen Y Bont Triathlon Club and will be competing for TASC, a charity close to her heart.
TASC provides a range of services to support the mental health, physical rehabilitation and financial wellbeing of the UK’s ambulance workers, their family members, students, and ambulance service volunteers.
Mary-Jayne said: “Before working for the Trust, I was working for St John Ambulance Cymru, who TASC also support.
“After the passing of two good friends and colleagues – Dorian Williams and Gerallt Davies – TASC helped myself and Cwmbwrla station colleagues a lot.
“I saw the half Ironman was coming to Swansea and I thought it’d be a great place to go and raise money.”
This won’t be the Mary-Jayne’s first triathlon back after the pandemic, but it will be her first Ironman event.
She said: “In my first competition back last year, I finished third female and I’ve kept going since.
“I’ve dropped down from marathon to the half to ready myself for Swansea, and I’m looking forward to it.
“The triathlons keep me so motivated and it’s now all stations go for Swansea.”
David Thomas, an Operational Team Leader in Cardiff and Vale for NEPTS, said: “The management and staff from Cardiff would like to wish Mary-Jayne all the very best for her triathlon and taking on this challenge for a really good cause.”
You can sponsor Mary-Jayne and help support TASC via her JustGiving page here.