A YOUNG fundraiser has completed an awe-inspiring challenge by skateboarding from Malton to Scarborough and back – in less than six hours.
Ryan Swain, 22, was aiming to complete the 50-mile challenge in 12 hours, but astounded family and friends with his speed and energy on the day.
The challenge was in memory of his friend, Norton College student Laura Tierney, 18, who passed away in February after battling a brain tumour.
Ryan has raised more than £2,000 for the Louby’s Lifeline charity, which was set up following Laura’s death.
After setting off from Malton at 9am on Saturday, Ryan followed cycle paths all the way to Scarborough, arriving at Hairy Bob’s skate park at just before 11.30am.
He told the Evening News: “I’m feeling great. I’m surprised how quickly I got here, but I’ve been so focused.
“I feel Laura is with me every step of the way. I just don’t want to see what happened to her happen to anybody else.”
He added that sponsor money was still rolling in and thanked everyone, including his support team on the day, for all their help.
Ryan, who had family and friends following him in cars and on a scooter and bike, said: “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without these guys.”
Laura’s parents, Emma and Phil, were among Ryan’s supporters on the day.
Phil said: “What he has done is inspirational. If there were more Ryans in the world, it would be a better place.”
Tina Boden, of Scarborough charity Ellie’s Fund, was there to meet Ryan on his arrival at the skate park.
The charity supported Laura and her family during her illness.Tina said: “Ryan is amazing and it’s great to see someone raising brain tumour awareness in this way.”
Ryan made it back to Malton at 2.44pm, more than halving his original target time.