December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
A Wymondham man has raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in an Ironman challenge.
Ryan Tuvey completed a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon in just over 11 and a half hours in Bolton on August 4.
The accounts technician of Bellrope Close, Wymondham, managed to break his target and collect more than £1,600 for charity.
The 26-year-old will donate half of the money raised to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, in memory of his friend’s late mother and the other half will be split between East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Life Education Centres, cancer charities, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes.
“The run was the toughest part,” he said. “There was a difficult part at about 12 miles in and I didn’t know if I could get through it but there were lots of people cheering me on and I kept thinking that I didn’t want to let anyone down.”
Mr Tuvey was supported by his fiancee, Laura Fletcher, parents Peter and Vicki, two sisters and his nieces and nephews.
“My friend was over the moon with the money raised in memory of his mum, he was chuffed. He sent me a hamper of chocolate which was nice to come home to.”
He spent nine months training for the challenge. He completed the swim in one hour and nine minutes, the bike ride in six hours and the marathon in four hours and 25 minutes.
“It was tough but I did enjoy it, even when the course was tough it was a great feeling. There was a big hill on the bike ride but everyone was there cheering me on.
“I would like to thank everybody who had made a donation and who has supported me, I really appreciate it.
“I think I would do it again, maybe in a couple of years time,” he added.
To sponsor Ryan visit www.justgiving.com/RyanTuvey