A RETIRED police inspector will hardly be able to pause for breath over the next month as he tackles the last two legs of an energy-sapping 1,000-mile plus ‘boat, bike and boot’ triathlon.
Ian Styles, 59, from Taunton, is cycling 330 miles from Bristol to London and back over ten days from June 2, meeting the Mayors of both cities in their offices.
Pedalling along with him will be his son, Michael, 19, and friends Richard Rhys and Will Felton.
Following a few days’ recovery, Mr Styles will set off on a 630 solo walk along the South West Coastal Path from Swanage to Minehead from June 17.
And that is all after he completed a 130-mile canoe up and down the Caledonian Canal between Inverness and Fort William with Michael and friend Pippa Piper earlier this month.
Mr Styles is testing his body to its limit as a tribute to a friend, Yvonne Cassidy, who died from breast cancer.
He said: “I am looking to raise more than £10,000 for Breast Cancer Now, which is a great charity that offers support to people suffering from breast cancer.”
He added: “It will be an amazing challenge to take on such a great cause and I really want to hit the £10,000 target I have set.
“A lot of training and hard work has gone into this and I have had a great deal of support from my friends and family.
“Let’s not forget it’s about raising money to fight breast cancer - this killer takes our wives and daughters, our mothers and sisters. Every penny helps to stop it.”
People can donate via justgiving.com/boatbikeandboot or by texting CANU60 to 70070 along with the amount.
Determined fundraiser Mr Styles and Michael previously completed a 284-mile canoe challenge from Bristol to Taunton and back last year in aid of Breast Cancer Now.