Lincoln businessman takes on 140 mile triathlon for charity

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Local businessman Ross Taylor is gearing up for a gruelling triathlon challenge in aid of two charities which are very close to his heart.

Ross, of Sleaford Electrical and Refrigeration Company in Washingborough near Lincoln, will be doing a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, finishing on Sunday, July 27.

The event, at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham was organised after Ross’ father was diagnosed with cancer.

Funds raised will go to charities Cancer Research UK and also Diabetes UK, who help people like Ross’ ex-wife, who is type 1 diabetic.

Ross has already raised over £700, but is hoping to reach a target of £2,000.

People can sponsor him ahead of his giant feat by visiting his Diabetes UK Just Giving page and his Cancer Research UK page.

Ross has already raised over £700 of his £2,000 goal.

Ross has already raised over £700 of his £2,000 goal.

The Lincoln Triathlon Club have been assisting Ross with his training for over a year, and he must complete the course in just 17 hours to be given an “Outlaw’ status.

He said: “My Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013. Thankfully he is now in remission however his successful treatment has been supported and enabled by the fantastic work and research that has been funded by Cancer Research over previous years.

“Alongside that my ex-wife is a type-1 diabetic. She has over time learnt to live with her condition, however sometimes simple pleasures in life become much more complicated. Charities like Diabetes UK can help provide practical advice and support.”

“This is my way of giving something back and proving that anything is achievable with hard work and determination.”