Steve’s Wash challenge

Steve Tibbs did an around the Wash triathlon to raise money for CamSAR and SPEADA.
Steve Tibbs did an around the Wash triathlon to raise money for CamSAR and SPEADA.

A Wisbech man has described an around the Wash triathlon on Bank Holiday Monday as “brutal”.

Steve Tibbs, who works as a smoking cessation advisor for Camquit, came up with the idea of doing an 85-miles cycle, kayak and run to raise money for Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (CamSAR) and SPEADA, a charity that works with disabled children and young carers in King’s Lynn.

Steve Tibbs kayaking in his around the Wash challenge.

Steve Tibbs kayaking in his around the Wash challenge.

Steve volunteers with both charities and saw it as the perfect opportunity to raise funds for them. But he underestimated the strain the 21-and-a-half-hours challenge would put on him, both physically and mentally.

Steve started out from the SPEADA centre in King’s Lynn at midnight and set off on his bike for Skegness. But he ran into trouble at Boston when he got onto the wrong road and found himself heading for Grimsby.

With his plans for a rest scuppered, Steve had to travel an extra 15 miles to get back on the right road and arrived in Skegness just in time to grab some breakfast before the kayaks arrived.

His nerves were tested in the water as it was his first time in rough seas and at one point he tipped over.

“That spooked me a bit but I felt confident in the two very good guys I had with me.”

Steve got a standing ovation from the sailing club coming into Hunstanton, giving him a much-needed boost.

But the run was still to come. It was more of a walk at times as Steve was really struggling with his knees from the cycle ride. He made it back to King’s Lynn at around 9.30pm to be met by a cheering crowd of SPEADA members and their families.

Steve said: “I had pushed myself beyond what I thought possible. That day will stay with me for ever. I would like to thanks all who sponsored, supported and encouraged me.”

In total, he cycled for seven and a half hours, kayaked for about six hours and ran and walked for five hours.

Steve has raised £420 at the moment but there is a considerable amount of money to still come in. He was aiming for £2,000 but thinks his total will be more around £800.

• If you would like to add to Steve’s fundraising, visit www.charitychoice.co.uk/fundraiser/stevetibbs