Traveller gears up for Ironman triathlon

The Bolton News: Traveller gears up for Ironman triathlon Traveller gears up for Ironman triathlon

TRAVELLER Lee Jones is used to putting in the miles — but now he will do a different sort of travelling as he competes in the gruelling 140-mile Ironman triathlon in Bolton.

The 38-year-old has spent much of his life travelling around the country with his showman family and community.

He started training just after Christmas for the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run and has been competing in half-marathons and full marathons.

He said: “I went to watch the Ironman in Bolton last year and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. It was so inspiring.

“I decided there and then that I’d take part this year.”

Already keen on fitness and living healthily, Mr Jones has also become an adept cyclist and is a strong swimmer.

He said: “It’s tough training and you put your body through a lot, but I’m determined to do well and raise a large amount for charity.”

Mr Jones, who is completing Ironman to help the Bolton branch of Children Today, agreed that travellers were not often thought of as “community supporters” but he said there was a difference between ordinary travellers and showmen travellers.

He said: “We are the fairground people who go into areas and bring the fairgrounds, which are a welcome attraction.

“I’m part of the Lancashire section and we do care about local communities although, yes, I guess it’s fairly unusual to have a traveller doing the Ironman and supporting a local charity like this.”

His family settled at a permanent caravan site in Hindley 18 years ago but Mr Jones continued travelling around Lancashire with his grandmother until he was in his teens.

He has always been interested in sports and fitness and played football for a travellers’ showman side as well as for local pub teams.

He has also recently opened his own gym — The Engine Room — in Derby Lane, Hindley, in a former warehouse just 100 yards from his caravan home.

Mr Jones added: “I wanted to do the Ironman to help a charity that really means something to me.

“My six year-old nephew Emerson was born with spina bifida and has mobility problems so I know what this type of equipment means to children, and I wanted to help.”

Children Today regional fundraiser Elizabeth Oakes said: “I just think what he is doing is fantastic. We’ve got two competitors in the Ironman — Shaun Lomax from Fanworth is the other one — and we are so grateful for their help.”

Children Today buys specialised wheelchairs and other equipment for disabled and disadvantaged children.

Ironman UK takes place in Bolton on July 20. To support Lee go to justgiving.com/Lee-Jones20

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8:19am Fri 27 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

Well done....im sure your hard work will pay off
Well done....im sure your hard work will pay off allan111111
  • Score: 12

9:41am Fri 27 Jun 14

The Running Man says...

Nice to see something positive being written about a traveller. Good luck!
Nice to see something positive being written about a traveller. Good luck! The Running Man
  • Score: 18

9:53am Fri 27 Jun 14

Wolfie190 says...

You wouldnt want to be leaving expensive bikes about if it was the Irish variety.
You wouldnt want to be leaving expensive bikes about if it was the Irish variety. Wolfie190
  • Score: -6

11:00am Fri 27 Jun 14

MarkP27 says...

Good luck on July 20th, enjoy every one of the 112 miles in the bike ride - I am sure the people of Bolton, Chorley and Wigan will again turn out in great numbers to cheer you along!!
Good luck on July 20th, enjoy every one of the 112 miles in the bike ride - I am sure the people of Bolton, Chorley and Wigan will again turn out in great numbers to cheer you along!! MarkP27
  • Score: 12

12:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

MarkAllRead says...

Having met a few people doing the Ironman, I'm always impressed by the huge amounts of effort, time and persistence they show in telling everyone all about it. Doing it for charity is a great way of widening that audience and being able to talk about it to all their friends, family and colleagues, ad nauseam. This guy has done particularly well, even getting his self-congratularity nonsense into the paper. He must be delighted.
Having met a few people doing the Ironman, I'm always impressed by the huge amounts of effort, time and persistence they show in telling everyone all about it. Doing it for charity is a great way of widening that audience and being able to talk about it to all their friends, family and colleagues, ad nauseam. This guy has done particularly well, even getting his self-congratularity nonsense into the paper. He must be delighted. MarkAllRead
  • Score: -8

5:27pm Fri 27 Jun 14

artistpaint says...

lock up your bikes...
lock up your bikes... artistpaint
  • Score: -5

5:54pm Sat 28 Jun 14

philipwalduck says...

Nice to see the keyboard warriors out in force on this article. The Ironman (in fact any Triathlon) takes training and lots of effort and hard work. Good Luck to this man in his efforts on 20/07/2014
Nice to see the keyboard warriors out in force on this article. The Ironman (in fact any Triathlon) takes training and lots of effort and hard work. Good Luck to this man in his efforts on 20/07/2014 philipwalduck
  • Score: 0

10:58pm Sat 28 Jun 14

sickofsmallmindedlittlepeople says...

Well done to this man, its takes huge determination and physical effort to take park in this challenge. Add to that the negativity of some of the numpties who posted comments already and it becomes a true physical and psychological challenge. I hope the small minded folk who are "locking up their bikes" aren't kidding themselves that they could actually get their fat **** on a bike. Of course its possible the negative comments are from fellow competitors but really..I think not. Good Luck Lee
Well done to this man, its takes huge determination and physical effort to take park in this challenge. Add to that the negativity of some of the numpties who posted comments already and it becomes a true physical and psychological challenge. I hope the small minded folk who are "locking up their bikes" aren't kidding themselves that they could actually get their fat **** on a bike. Of course its possible the negative comments are from fellow competitors but really..I think not. Good Luck Lee sickofsmallmindedlittlepeople
  • Score: -2

7:30am Sun 29 Jun 14

hal pel says...

sickofsmallmindedlit
tlepeople
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Well done to this man, its takes huge determination and physical effort to take park in this challenge. Add to that the negativity of some of the numpties who posted comments already and it becomes a true physical and psychological challenge. I hope the small minded folk who are "locking up their bikes" aren't kidding themselves that they could actually get their fat **** on a bike. Of course its possible the negative comments are from fellow competitors but really..I think not. Good Luck Lee
Shut up you b e l l e n d!
[quote][p][bold]sickofsmallmindedlit tlepeople[/bold] wrote: Well done to this man, its takes huge determination and physical effort to take park in this challenge. Add to that the negativity of some of the numpties who posted comments already and it becomes a true physical and psychological challenge. I hope the small minded folk who are "locking up their bikes" aren't kidding themselves that they could actually get their fat **** on a bike. Of course its possible the negative comments are from fellow competitors but really..I think not. Good Luck Lee[/p][/quote]Shut up you b e l l e n d! hal pel
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