The managing director of catering and refrigeration supplier Alpeninox is to take on a gruelling 50km triathlon in a bid to raise more than £2,000 for causes close to his heart.
A triathalon is a daunting prospect for anybody, but David Jones is aiming to complete the event despite suffering from the after-effects of polio.
The 55 year-old, who has post-polio syndrome (PPS), will swim, walk and cycle the same distance expected of Olympic athletes.
Jones contracted polio as a baby when his family lived in Kenya, and was left with PPS, which causes increasing muscle weakness, joint pain and fatigue.
“The thing about PPS is it gets worse as you get older, so I’m just trying to fit these things in while I still can,” he told the Hunts Post.
Jones said the money raised will be split between the Walton Centre in Liverpool — one of two PPS specialists in Europe — and Ramsey Cricket Club, where he has played for 25 years. The funds will be used towards sending a young cricketer from the club to Australia to train and play the game.
The race will cover more than 50km, including a 40km cycle.
Jones expects the 1.5km swim and 10km walk to be the most difficult parts of the triathlon as PPS leaves him fatigued very quickly.
Because of his condition, Mr Jones will complete the feat over a number of days and is set to finish on August 30.
“The final day will be extremely testing,” he said. “If I did everything on that day I would have to pre-book a bed at Hinchingbrooke Hospital!”
Last year, Jones did 100 laps of Ramsey Cricket Club’s ground, raising £2,000 for Polio Survivors Support Network and the cricket club.
The link to David’s fundraising page can be found here.