A fitness fanatic has taken on three gruelling physical challenges as part of an ‘alternative’ charity triathlon.
Eddie Whittle, of Sawley Drive in Great Harwood, rowed 10.5 miles across Lake Windermere before cycling 315 miles to London and then taking part in the 26.2 mile marathon.
The 35-year-old was joined by three friends John McDonough, formerly of Great Harwood, Gareth Baird and Jonathan Smith and they completed the triathlon in just six days.
The group’s efforts have so far raised them £2,500 for Prostate Cancer UK, £1,650 for Macmillan Cancer Support, £990 for Meningitis Now and £350 for Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Eddie, who is an IT trainer with the NHS, has previously taken part in numerous physical challenges for charity and wanted a ‘different challenge’ this year.
He said: “It went pretty much according to plan and we were pretty well organised. It was tough as we picked a killer cycle route.
“I think we were all feeling it by the time we got to London. If it wasn’t for the marathon it would’ve been alright but that played on everyone’s minds.
“I started off the marathon quite well for the first 10 miles but for the last eight miles you were just trying to keep yourself going with very little left in the tank. The crowd were brilliant and we had a few friends there to cheer us on.”
Eddie and the group kayaked across Lake Windermere before cycling nearly 40 miles to Ingleton.
They then cycled to London over the next four days before taking part in the London Marathon where Eddie finished in four hours and 55 minutes.
Eddie said: “It was good fun and we had a good laugh but it was hard work. The weather helped we all enjoyed it as much as you can.
“I think we are all suffering now and my legs are still sore, as are my hands and fingers.
“At the end people were asking if I wanted a beer but I just wanted to sleep.
“I don’t think I would do this one again but possibly something similar. I think I will give it a few weeks though before I start thinking about anything else.”
More than £5,000 has so far been raised for four different charities and the group are hoping to reach a target of £10,000.
To sponsor visit www.madness4charity.co.uk .