IRON HEAVY METAL: Brendan O'Rafferty (Right), Claire Murphy and Tony Johnson Are Taking Part in Ironman Austria and Are Appealing for Sponsorship IN THEIR SOULS; Tough Trio Heading to Austria for Challenge

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IRON HEAVY METAL: Brendan O'Rafferty (Right), Claire Murphy and Tony Johnson Are Taking Part in Ironman Austria and Are Appealing for Sponsorship IN THEIR SOULS; Tough Trio Heading to Austria for Challenge


Byline: Cara Simpson

FITNESS fanatics are to take part in a gruelling European Ironman challenge in memory of a former Coventry boxer.

Brendan O'Rafferty, his partner Claire Murphy and their personal trainer Tony Johnson are in training for a gruelling Ironman event in Austria, which takes place next month.

The endurance charity challenge will take competitors anything between nine and 17 hours to complete the epic test of strength.

The cycling, swimming and running event is set to be the biggest physical challenge of their lives which they are undertaking to raise cash for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in memory of Brendan's late father Chris O'Rafferty, who died of lymph cancer after a five-year battle with leukaemia last June, aged 71.

Chris, also known as Chips, was a popular boxing coach from Willenhall who, after coaching in the army, founded and ran the Coventry Irish boxing club from various sites across the city includ-ing a hut near Holy Family Church.

He served for 25 years in the Royal Irish Rangers and won the Australian Golden Glove boxing tournament while posted Down Under with the army regiment.

Chris also won three army boxing championships and coached for the Standard Triumph Boxing Club.

His son Brendan, a 41-year-old builder, of Kenilworth, thought it was only fitting that the challenge they chose would be tough in recognition of his dad's commitment to fitness. …

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