A SUPER-FIT Scarborough man has completed a gruelling triathlon in order to help raise money for a cause very close to his heart.
Gary Sheffield, 47, from Peasholm, completed the Castle Howard triathlon on July 24 to raise money for the Stoma Support group.
He swam for half-a-mile, cycled for 46 kilometres before finishing off with a torturous five mile run.
In doing so, he raised £290 for the group, which helped his mother after an operation for bowel cancer three years ago.
He said: “This was the first time that I have attempted a triathlon.
“It was a real challenge, and physically it was without question the hardest thing that I have ever done.
“I really wanted to help the group out though, as the staff were brilliant with my mother and she has enjoyed a lot of support from them over the past few years.”
Around 300 people took part in the triathlon, with several different distances available to competitors.
Mr Sheffield took part in the Adult Individual Mid-Distance, nicknamed ‘The Brideshead Revisited’ which is the second longest race.
And although he described the pain by the end as “hellish”, he is thrilled he has been able to fulfil one of his ambitions.
“I’m over the moon that I managed it, but it’s safe to say that I’m officially retired from competition now!”