Ian reaches the peaks of his fund-raising challenge series

Helping Hands cheque presentation at Wedgwood House on the West Suffolk Hospital site.   Bury Free Press reporter Adam Howlett (left) and Ian Turner from St Edmund's Wheel (right) with Jenny Walton and Sarah Moulton.
Helping Hands cheque presentation at Wedgwood House on the West Suffolk Hospital site. Bury Free Press reporter Adam Howlett (left) and Ian Turner from St Edmund's Wheel (right) with Jenny Walton and Sarah Moulton.
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IAN Turner set himself a series of charity challenges to mark his 60th birthday but admits he had not realised how tough the last would be.

A keen cyclist and founder of Bury Wheelers he is pretty fit, as are the 14 friends he started the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge with, but only nine of them, including Ian, managed to finish.

Ian, who with his wife Claire owns Abbey Motor Factors, in Bury St Edmunds, said: “I’d trained for it but hadn’t given a thought to how tough it would be.

“It’s all on rocks, up and down. You might be stepping up a six inch step or a two-foot one.”

To make matters worse, there was a three mile diversion to get off the first peak, so they did 28 instead of 25 miles.

“It pushed everyone to their limits,” he said.

“We did the walk on the Saturday and it was the following Thursday before my legs were right.”

The peaks challenge followed two runs and cycle ride to north Norfolk. Ian said: “The cycle ride was easy but as the challenges went on they got more challenging.”

But he has not finished fund- raising yet and will be holding an auction and draw at his 60th birthday party on July 28. Ian believes he is well on target to buy the special cots and monitors he wants to buy West Suffolk Hospital’s Special Baby Unit.

“If we can help the special baby unit we will have achieved what we wanted,” he added.