Faye Cox

Guest post: Faye Cox

We’re excited to announce that a whole island could be taking part in Will of Iron this year! Read more from Faye, Personal Trainer and Will of Iron champion at Shetland Recreational Trust:

Faye Cox

Faye will be proving her Will of Iron this May

When? On May 10th, at a small leisure centre on the island of Unst in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly tip of the UK something amazing is going to happen.

Myself and fellow Shetlanders will be taking on the Will Of Iron triathlon challenge in one day. That’s right; we are going to complete it in under six hours AND we are going to race each other.

Why? Because it is for a wonderful charity and Shetlanders are not ones to shy away from a challenge especially if it is going to help somebody!

I work for the Shetland Recreational Trust who runs the leisure centre I work in and their vision is to improve lives through sport and recreational activity so when I came to them with the Will Of Iron event they were more than happy to offer their support.

Who? Already over 25 people have signed up for the one day event and we will be dividing the entries fairly into small teams so we can have a fun competitive aspect on the day too.

What? To help all the entrants we have put on classes that focus on building up endurance for the events such as indoor cycling and running classes. Our pool has never been busier with islanders cutting through the water getting their lengths in and our gym is packed with some sneaky treadmill runners.

Will Of Iron has brought a real buzz to Unst and everyone is talking about it. A local business woman has offered to provide tea and home bakes on the day (which will be very welcomed!) and even the children have been asking if they can join in.

I am really excited and can’t wait to see Shetlanders prove their Will of Iron. Oh, and may the best team win!

Inspired? Sign up today… 

Team Will(ow) of Iron

In my last post I mentioned I’d signed up to take part in Will of Iron almost immediately. Since then I have lived and breathed triathlon and have been getting more and more enthusiastic by the day. Some might even say obnoxious. Fortunately I’m not the only one and Willow has five triathlon teams taking part and two people brave enough to take on the whole distance by themselves.

Introducing Team Will(ow) of Iron… 


Hannah joined Willow last month but she signed up to take part before she arrived! Hannah’s going to be running for Team Boom Boom and has successfully managed to find friends outside of Willow to join her team… I’m not sure what this says about the rest of us?!

Mark Rappitt

Mark is doing the whole Ironman distance by himself yet before signing up for Will of Iron he’d only ever managed to run 10k before and has never taken on a triathlon before… whether it’s brilliance, madness or sheer determination he is an inspiration to us all. Louise in the finance team is also doing it by herself but successfully avoided my camera.

_0004_Sarah Jane

When I first met Sarah Jane she declared she definitely wouldn’t be signing up and yet here she is excellently representing Team Blink and You’ll Miss Us.  Sarah Jane will be joined by two excellent teammates, Jenny (team runner) and Gabby (team swimmer).


I’m not entirely sure what Steve is doing here but he assures me he will be cycling for his team. Steve might have been a bit reluctant to sign up but with a little (a lot) of persuasion he decided to join Moira’s team. Moira also managed to get her sister and husband to take part, too, to tackle the swimming and the running. Together they are the Iron Lions and should probably win a prize for the best team name!


Carol will be cycling for Team Doubtfire and will be joined by me (team runner) and Simon (team swimmer). Carol has also offered to do the swimming for other teams hence fish on a bike! I’d just like to say that, as the one with the surname Doubtfire, I didn’t suggest the team name. This is probably my punishment for taking all these photos…

_0007_Liz and Claire

Liz and Claire are a team of two and doing the Special Day Makers at Willow proud. Claire has been training hard since signing up and Liz hasn’t done a thing… good luck girls!

If you’re interested in signing up as a team, you still have plenty of time to register. Team members can each pick a discipline (cycling, swimming or running) or choose all three and divide the distance between them over seven days. Anyone taking part can do as much or as little as they like and still call themselves a triathlete! Join us and sign up for Will of Iron today.

Until next time,