Triathlon success for new swimmer and fundraiser Jon

Static Bike fundraiser Jon Burch raises cash for MS,cheered on by Malcolm Johnstone and Doreen Flood in Westborough.Picture Richard Ponter.121866.
Static Bike fundraiser Jon Burch raises cash for MS,cheered on by Malcolm Johnstone and Doreen Flood in Westborough.Picture Richard Ponter.121866.

A Scarborough man who learnt to swim just weeks ago has completed a charity triathlon and the Great North Run on consecutive days.

Personal trainer Jon Burch was determined to learn to swim in time for the event at Woburn Abbey, Milton Keynes, last Saturday.

The following day he completed the 13-mile Great North Run in Newcastle.

Jon has so far raised over £4,000, most of which is going towards the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

Part of the money raised at the triathlon will be donated to Great Ormond Street, Whizz-Kidz, Rays of Sunshine and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Jon said: “The run and the triathlon went really well, but the swimming was harder than I thought it would be!”

The event featured an outdoor lake swim of 400m, which was a major challenge for Jon as he has only been swimming for the past 16 weeks. He said: “It was hard, but luckily the water wasn’t too cold.”

Jon added that he was delighted with his Great North Run time of two hours, 31 minutes and 17 seconds - his second fastest time ever.

Go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/jonburch

Jon has thanked everyone who has supported him in his challenges so far.

He is now planning a fundraiser at Harpers fish and chip restaurant in Staxton on October 24 from 7pm.

There will be a quiz and raffle with proceeds going to the MS Trust. Call Jon for more details on 07710 472383.