Ironman Josh rides again

He is just 18 years old but already Josh Bishop has raised thousands of pounds for charity by swimming across the channel and has also just run the Hastings half marathon in 2hrs and 9mins.

Now he has set himself a new challenge which is the UK Ironman event in Bolton, Lancashire, this July.

The Ironman is the toughest triathlon in the world comprising of a 2.6 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile marathon run - all completed in succession and within 17 hours.

Josh will be starting at 7am and must be finished by midnight.

According to mum Carol he is training “exceptionally hard” completing early morning swims and runs as well as long cycle rides at the weekends; all on top of all his other commitments including swim teaching at 1066 Swimmers, and sitting his ‘A’ levels in June. Carol said: “Although an accomplished swimmer and keen cyclist, Josh says his biggest challenge is the marathon run.

However Josh ran the Hastings Half Marathon achieving an incredible time of just over 2hours - not bad for a precious non-runner after 3 months training!

Josh’s wish this year was to concentrate his fundraising efforts on a local cause and the link below sets out the details.

Naming his challenge as ‘Ironman for Anna’ Josh is raising money to buy a vital communication device called a Liberator for 27-year-old Anna McNaughton who has Cerebral Palsy.

The Liberator is Anna’s lifeline to the outside world and her only way of communication.

Cerebral Palsy has affected Anna’s mobility; she is unable to use her arms so she can’t feed, wash or dress herself, she has no recognizable speech, she is unable to walk but she drives a power wheelchair using a chin switch.

The Liberator piece of kit will change her life allowing Anna not just to communicate with friends and family but also to give disability awareness talks in schools and colleges as well as empowering special need students to use their voices more effectively.

Anna’s Liberator costs around £9,000.

Josh commented: “There is a lot of kit which is needed to complete this IronMan challenge and I am extremely grateful to Hastings Direct and to Bexhill College who have funded my bike and Tri-Suit.

This means that every penny raised by the challenge will go to buy Anna’s Liberator.

We are very grateful for any donations no matter how small, it really makes a huge difference to Anna’s life.”

You can donate via Josh’s FundRazr page or search for ‘IronMan for Anna’.

Follow his progress on his Iron Man for Anna Facebook page where further details are available.”