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Bolton man who can’t ride bike or swim enters triathlon

Dave Beevers decided to get fit after losing his wife to cancer and has already run a Marathon

A Bolton man who can’t ride a bike or swim has entered his first triathlon.

Dave Beevers decided to get fit after his wife Diane died of breast cancer in February last year.

At the time, the 58-year-old weighed 24 stones, had Type II diabetes and had trouble going up a flight of stairs.

He joined a gym and later took up running, has shed half his weight, and ran his first Marathon in May this year.

After seeing the Ironman UK event in Bolton last weekend, he has now entered a triathlon in Cheshire in September, reports the Bolton News.

Mr Beevers, who once worked for the newspaper, said: “Ironman is an awesome event and watching these guys stretch themselves to the limit will be a massive inspiration for me as I start out on my triathlon challenge.

“But when you can’t ride a bike or swim it’s a case of taking one step at a time. Ironman? Maybe one day.”

He also aims to raise £100,000 for Breast Cancer Care in his wife’s memory.

“The courage and bravery she showed during those final weeks of her life made me realise how special she was and I had to do something to keep her memory alive,” he said.

The would-be triathlete explained that besides being unable to swim, he hadn’t sat on a bicycle until three weeks ago, but he is determined to complete the challenge he has set himself.

“At the moment, I swim like a ship’s anchor and am so unsteady on a bike it looks like I’m cycling through an earthquake," he added.

“But I’ll get there. Diane will get me through. She’s my Ironwoman.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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