Bexhill College student Josh Bishop has completed one of the UK’s toughest challenges by swimming, cycling and running the Ironman UK Triathlon in Bolton.
Still only 19 years of age, Josh has already swum the English Channel and can now add this to his list of achievements.
Josh said: “Now that it’s over I’m feeling a combination of ecstasy and pain – but the pain shouldn’t last too long. The sheer number of people supporting the event around the track really kept me going. Everyone was pushing each other on and wanting each other to succeed.”
This year he was Ironman UK’s youngest competitor which he found ‘quite amazing’.
Even three-time Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander told him he didn’t compete in his first Ironman until the age of 34.
Josh added: “I got told a lot that I was so young to be competing – most competitors were around the 35-45 age bracket. Starting this young gives me time to do more and achieve more in the future.”
He recently completed his A Levels at Bexhill College and was busy training since January, running 3-4 times a week to gradually build up endurance and strength to be able to sustain the course. On Sunday it all culminated in a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile marathon - a feat all the more impressive given he covered the distances in succession.
The inspiration for Josh’s latest endeavour was 27-year-old Anna McNaughton who was born with Cerebral Palsy which affects her mobility. Anna uses a high-tech communication aid called a Liberator, but her current device is now very old. Therefore Josh decided to raise money through sponsorship for the Ironman challenge for a life-changing new device, which costs in the region of £9,000.
Josh and his family say they are overwhelmed by the support he’s received through comments, texts, emails and donations.
It’s not too late to donate to Josh’s fundraising - go to www.fundrazr.com. Simply visit the website and search for ‘Iron Man for Anna.’