Thieves steal Ironman's bike just weeks before gruelling event

Thieves steal Ironman's bike just weeks before gruelling event

Richard Smith on his barge with his pet dog

Richard Smith's stolen bike

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THIEVES have ruined the training regime of an amateur athlete just weeks before he takes part in Bolton’s Ironman event.

Richard Smith, who is from Bolton but who now lives on a barge, had been training for 20 hours a week.

Much of Mr Smith’s training has taken place in and around Bolton, where the event will take place.

But now his bike has been stolen he cannot train.

He is in the process of travelling to Bolton on his barge in time for the gruelling endurance event on July 20.

This will be the 30-year-old’s first Ironman challenge and he said he is “gutted” to have had to buy a new bike just two weeks before the big day.

The theft took place after he had begun his journey from Wakefield in Yorkshire to Bolton and had stopped in Appeley Bridge near Bradford. Mr Smith had left the £600 bike in the back of his van and discovered thieves had broken into the vehicle and stolen it.

He said: “It wasn’t the best bike in the world but the worst thing is it is the one I have been training on for the past 12 weeks, doing 20 hours a week, so I am really used to it.

“For this to happen with just weeks to go is a real blow. I have had to go out and buy a new bike which I will now have to get used to.”

The former Bolton resident, who lived in Crompton Way, is raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Care and has already collected about half of his £1,000 target.

He said: “There isn’t a specific personal reason why I’m raising money for Macmillan, I just know it is a great charity and a very worthwhile cause, if anyone could donate on my page that would be brilliant.”

The Ironman event is made up of a 2.4 mile open water swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run to be completed one after the other in less than 17 hours.

To donate to Mr Smith’s fundraising page, visit justgiving.com/rich-smith-uk

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7:07am Tue 8 Jul 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Www.findthatbike.co.
uk it's excellent at finding your nicked bike. Just upload pictures of it and a full description, and every time one comes up on eBay or Gumtree or anywhere else on the Internet it'll send you the link to it. May take a while but it does work!
Www.findthatbike.co. uk it's excellent at finding your nicked bike. Just upload pictures of it and a full description, and every time one comes up on eBay or Gumtree or anywhere else on the Internet it'll send you the link to it. May take a while but it does work! itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 12

10:30am Tue 8 Jul 14

roadsweeper says...

riding 20 hours a day for the last 12 weeks!..That is impressive!
riding 20 hours a day for the last 12 weeks!..That is impressive! roadsweeper
  • Score: 2

12:24pm Tue 8 Jul 14

MarkAllRead says...

roadsweeper wrote:
riding 20 hours a day for the last 12 weeks!..That is impressive!
hahaha more Ironman bragging turning into utter BS. Oh and isn't he somewhat neglecting the swimming and running training, or is he planning on doing the swimming bit in his barge?
[quote][p][bold]roadsweeper[/bold] wrote: riding 20 hours a day for the last 12 weeks!..That is impressive![/p][/quote]hahaha more Ironman bragging turning into utter BS. Oh and isn't he somewhat neglecting the swimming and running training, or is he planning on doing the swimming bit in his barge? MarkAllRead
  • Score: -2

1:46pm Tue 8 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
roadsweeper wrote:
riding 20 hours a day for the last 12 weeks!..That is impressive!
hahaha more Ironman bragging turning into utter BS. Oh and isn't he somewhat neglecting the swimming and running training, or is he planning on doing the swimming bit in his barge?
And I thought I was cynical.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadsweeper[/bold] wrote: riding 20 hours a day for the last 12 weeks!..That is impressive![/p][/quote]hahaha more Ironman bragging turning into utter BS. Oh and isn't he somewhat neglecting the swimming and running training, or is he planning on doing the swimming bit in his barge?[/p][/quote]And I thought I was cynical. boltonnut
  • Score: 5

8:33pm Tue 8 Jul 14

BePositivePeople says...

boltonnut wrote:
MarkAllRead wrote:
roadsweeper wrote:
riding 20 hours a day for the last 12 weeks!..That is impressive!
hahaha more Ironman bragging turning into utter BS. Oh and isn't he somewhat neglecting the swimming and running training, or is he planning on doing the swimming bit in his barge?
And I thought I was cynical.
It says 20 hours a week, which is impressive, I'd pay to see you lot do 20 minutes training. now watch you don't drop chocolate crumbs on your keyboards chaps, right b*stard to get from between them keys.
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadsweeper[/bold] wrote: riding 20 hours a day for the last 12 weeks!..That is impressive![/p][/quote]hahaha more Ironman bragging turning into utter BS. Oh and isn't he somewhat neglecting the swimming and running training, or is he planning on doing the swimming bit in his barge?[/p][/quote]And I thought I was cynical.[/p][/quote]It says 20 hours a week, which is impressive, I'd pay to see you lot do 20 minutes training. now watch you don't drop chocolate crumbs on your keyboards chaps, right b*stard to get from between them keys. BePositivePeople
  • Score: 1

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