A local optician has completed a series of gruelling physical challenges to raise over £2,000 for the Katharine House Hospice.
Jonathan Walford, an optician at Walford and Round on Banbury High Street, became a regular visitor to the local hospice while providing the residents with spectacle care.
He was so impressed with the level of care given that he decided to set himself the challenge of completing two double distance triathlons to raise money for the hospice.
Jonathan said: “I thought it was time to give something back to my local community and the great work done by all those at the Katharine House Trust.”
Jonathan has been an avid triathlon competitor for the past eight years but even for a seasoned athlete the double doubles are daunting.
The first race took place in June and consisted of a 4.8-mile swim, a 232-mile bike ride and a 52-mile run. Jonathan won the event in a time of 29 hours.
The second challenge took place at Snowdon over the same distances. Described as the Toughest Ironman in the world, in part due to the 20,000 feet of climbs, Jonathan finished in a podium place in 33 hours.
Jonathan said:” I would really like an opportunity to say thank you to all the people that have supported and donated for this fantastic local charity”.
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