Pals take on 60-mile challenge to Weymouth and back for uncle
A Yeovil man will cycle to Weymouth and then run back in honour of his late uncle.
Simon Ross, of Bedford Road, Yeovil, will take on the challenge on Sunday and is hoping to raise £1,000 for the forces charity Help for Heroes.
Simon will leave Lyde Road, where his uncle Kelvin Holmes lived, and will cycle to the Jubilee Clock on Weymouth seafront. Then he will turn around and run to the Royal Marine Inn, Great Western Terrace, Yeovil, which is holding a Help for Heroes day.
The round trip equates to around 60 miles, but the 32-year-old is no stranger to endurance tests, having previously taken part in the London Marathon.
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He said: “My uncle passed away last year so I’m doing it for him. I used to be in the Navy and my uncle was actually buried in a Help for Heroes T-shirt so that’s why I chose the charity.
“I ran the London Marathon in 2005 and I jokingly said at the pub to a friend that I would cycle or run to Weymouth because I wanted to do something a bit different.
“I have done 800 miles so far in training. I used to be a postman so my body is always awake early. Every morning at 5am I either do a 24 mile bike ride or an 11 mile run.
“I can cycle to Weymouth in an hour and 38 minutes but I think the run is going to take its toll after the first ten miles. It depends on how I hit the wall really but I’m aiming to do it in seven hours.”
Mr Ross will be joined by friend Paul Nutland who will cycle with him throughout the day. He will also be supported by his two step-daughters Tyla and Ella Dean-Wright, ten, and seven, and daughter Bethani Ross, also seven, on parts of the journey. Friend Noel Bishop also hopes to compete the challenge and will begin walking from Weymouth at the same time Mr Ross leaves Yeovil.
Mr Ross said: “I hope I pass him on the way back but I don’t want to pass him too early or he might go home. I’m really close to my fundraising target and I have had some really great support from friends and family.”
To sponsor Mr Ross visit www.bmycharity.com/Rossiruns.