A local journalist has raised more than £2,000 for charity after finishing a 52-mile triathlon in memory of his uncle who died from pancreatic cancer.
Gavin Caney said completing a mile-long swim, 36.3-mile cycle ride and 14.7-mile run on the hottest day of the year (Saturday July 6) was a tough challenge.
But the 25-year-old, who was joined by his twin sister Kelly King for the run, said the thought of his uncle Alan Rasberry’s fight against cancer gave them the inspiration to get to the end.
The sports reporter decided to take on the challenge after Mr Rasberry was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in May. He died on June 19, aged 52.
Mr Caney missed a fundraising event organised by Mr Rasberry’s family and friends, which raised more than £6,000, so felt he had to play his part in his uncle’s “amazing drive” to raise awareness of the disease.
Before the event, Mr Caney said: “I’ve never completed a triathlon and know it’s going to be a physically tough challenge.
“Some might say I should have given myself longer to train for it. But my uncle had no chance to prepare for the devastating news he was given.”
The route for the run between Terrington St Clement and King’s Lynn was designed by Mr Rasberry before he died and took Mr Caney and Mrs King past places that had been significant in his uncle’s life. It ended at the home Mr Rasberry shared in Lynn with his wife Lindsey, who greeted the pair as they crossed the finish line.
“The swim and the bike ride were good and I felt fine for most of the run,” Mr Caney said.
“However, when we got to London Road, I really did hit the wall. Had my sister not been doing the run with me, I wouldn’t have been able to get through it. She was dragging me along with her.”
The pair were also buoyed by the support of passers-by.
“One of the most special moments was when we were going down Loke Road and a man pulled over in his car, jumped out, said that he thought what we were doing was great and gave us £10. That made me feel again that what we were doing was worthwhile.”
The money raised will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.
- There is still time to donate by visiting the website www.justgiving.com/gavin-caney