One down and three to go for Ian’s challenges

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IAN Turner has just completed a 130-mile charity bike ride with no trouble but is not so sure a five-mile run will be so easy.

Ian is marking his 60th birthday with a series of charity challenges. The first was the cycle ride from his Rougham business, Abbey Motor Factors, to Holt in Norfolk last weekend. The next two are five-mile runs at Haughley Park on June 8 and Nowton Park on June 22, followed by the 24.5 mile Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenege on July 7, three weeks before his birthday.

Last Saturday, Ian, from Thurston, set off with 20 cycling friends, plus support crews, at 8.30am and made it to Holt by 4pm.

The temperature hit 27.5C but Ian said: “We didn’t have a breakdown or puncture all the way up. We stayed overnight and it was the same coming back. It was superb.”

He says he found it fairly easy, but he is a founder member of the St Edmund’s Wheel charity cycling event and cycles a lot.

Yet he admits he is finding the running far harder and his trainers say this is because, though fit, his muscles are not used to the different type of exercise.

“I did a five-mile run last night and I was shattered,” he said. “I thought this is mad because I’ve just done a 130-mile bike ride!

“But I will do it – it might not be much of a run, but I’ll do it.”

His wife Claire will join him on the two runs.

His aim is to raise money to buy West Suffolk Hospital’s special baby unit KanMed cot warmers at £2,000 each and oximeters, that measure blood oxygen levels, at £800 each. He wants to raise enough to buy two or three of each.

Donations are starting to come in and Ian is touched that the Thurston Over-60s club, for whom he does meals on wheels, had a whip round to donate £50.

Donations can be made at (do not put ‘www’ in front of the address).