Good luck, Carlo!

DZ’s Construction Supervisor is getting ready to swap concrete repair for pounding concrete roads, when he takes on an Ironman challenge this weekend.


Carlo Diponio, who supervises the work on our Modernist Tectons, will be tackling the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire on Sunday in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where his 11 year-old son Leonardo is undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

unspecified-7_1The extreme triathalon features a 1.2 mile open water swim in Chasewater reservoir, a 56 mile bike course, followed by a 13.1 mile run finishing at Shugborough Hall.

Carlo, aged 45, said: “I’ve been training for over 20 weeks, on top of the daily trek around the zoo’s 40-acre hilly site as part of my job.

“I’ve got mixed emotions about doing it, but it’s more excitement as it gets even closer, although I’m not looking forward to the run at the end as I think that will be the hardest part.”

Carlo vowed to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital after seeing first-hand the remarkable work the team do, after Leonardo was diagnosed almost three years ago and to date he’s raised more than £8,000.

Carlo, from Willenall, said: “Leo is still undergoing chemotherapy treatment, but is working his way back to health thanks to the brilliant team there. I so grateful for all the donations I’ve received and for the support from the zoo.

“An ironman challenge in a personal lifetime ambition for me. It will be tough, but I want to show Leo that anything is possible and you can find the strength to do anything, as it’s not on the outside that matters, you find strength within you.”

To support Carlo’s fundraising efforts, visit

Best foot forward, Carlo!