Warburton's driver 'raises' funds by doing TWO Ironman triathlons in ONE month

Warburton's driver 'raises' funds by doing TWO Ironman triathlons in ONE month

Warburton's driver 'raises' funds by doing TWO Ironman triathlons in ONE month

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

AN Ironman is pushing himself to the limit by competing in two of the mammoth challenges within weeks to raise funds for a Bolton charity.

Tex Leece, aged 41, will have little rest after taking part in an Ironman in Nice, France, on Sunday as he will be getting back on his bike to train for the Bolton Ironman on Sunday, July 20.

Mr Leece, from Farnworth, a driver for Warburton’s, is taking on the challenges to raise money for Bolton ICD Support charity’s defibs4Bolton campaign, to place defibrillators across the borough. He hopes to raise £1,500.

The course will involve a 2.4 mile swim in the Mediterranean Sea, a 112-mile cycle and a 26.2 mile run. He has previously completed Bolton Ironman twice.

Mr Leece said: “I originally just wanted to do one Ironman man this year — one abroad. When they announced Bolton Ironman was taking place again this year I was in a tattoo shop getting the Ironman logo put on my left calf when Jo, my wife, called to tell me, and I thought I had to sign up for it.

“The pain of getting the tattoo wasn’t far off the pain of completing an Ironman.

“I decided to raise money for defibs4Bolton because it seems like a good cause as the charity wants to get defibrillators in every school in Bolton.”

The father-of-two will be spurred on by his family who are going out to support him along with his daughter, Mia, aged 11, who will be taking part in an IronKids event which involves a swim in the sea and a run.

He has been training between 10 and 18 hours a week but vows to take a rest for at least a year after both Ironmans. He is expecting Nice Ironman to be the most challenging due to the heat, the sea swim and challenging cycle course.

Mr Leece and his family almost suffered a setback to their holiday as daughter Mia’s passport did not arrive until Monday — days before they were due to fly to France.

But Yasmin Qureshi, Bolton South East MP, stepped in to help save the trip.

Tracey Wilkinson, fundraising manager at Bolton ICD Support Group, said: “We are delighted that Tex has chosen to support us in committing to complete two Ironman events in two months.

“He is an incredible guy and we can't thank him enough for raising awareness and funds on our behalf. The defibs4bolton campaign started 18 months ago in which we have donated 21 defibrillators to date and have another 12 to donate over the forthcoming months, making our total 33 defibrillators. We cannot continue the work we are doing to make Bolton a safer place to live without people like Tex willing to be committed to supporting our cause.”

People can donate to Mr Leece’s fundraising mission here

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10:32am Sat 28 Jun 14

georgeclooney says...

Good luck but i have no idea it was on. I wasnt advertised very well.
Good luck but i have no idea it was on. I wasnt advertised very well. georgeclooney
  • Score: -2

2:57pm Sat 28 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: -6

3:08pm Sat 28 Jun 14

MarkAllRead says...

Goodness gracious, this one's even got a tattoo of the Iroman logo so he can increase his chances of getting the opportunity to bore people to death about it even more. "yeah, I got a tattoo, let me show you. yeah, Ironman logo, that because I do the Ironman don't you know, let me tell you all about the training...." zzzzzzzzz
Goodness gracious, this one's even got a tattoo of the Iroman logo so he can increase his chances of getting the opportunity to bore people to death about it even more. "yeah, I got a tattoo, let me show you. yeah, Ironman logo, that because I do the Ironman don't you know, let me tell you all about the training...." zzzzzzzzz MarkAllRead
  • Score: -5

9:39am Sun 29 Jun 14

barry g says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
Goodness gracious, this one's even got a tattoo of the Iroman logo so he can increase his chances of getting the opportunity to bore people to death about it even more. "yeah, I got a tattoo, let me show you. yeah, Ironman logo, that because I do the Ironman don't you know, let me tell you all about the training....So you will be doing the Bolton ironman event will you? If I had completed it twice before as well as doing it for a 3rd time, I myself would have a tattoo AND I'd want the world and his dog to know. May be you could spend a day training with him.......

GOOD LUCK TEX.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: Goodness gracious, this one's even got a tattoo of the Iroman logo so he can increase his chances of getting the opportunity to bore people to death about it even more. "yeah, I got a tattoo, let me show you. yeah, Ironman logo, that because I do the Ironman don't you know, let me tell you all about the training....So you will be doing the Bolton ironman event will you? If I had completed it twice before as well as doing it for a 3rd time, I myself would have a tattoo AND I'd want the world and his dog to know. May be you could spend a day training with him....... GOOD LUCK TEX. barry g
  • Score: 2

11:54am Sun 29 Jun 14

MarkAllRead says...

Of course I'm not doing it! It would be a massive waste of time and, other than charity donations, entirely unproductive.
Of course I'm not doing it! It would be a massive waste of time and, other than charity donations, entirely unproductive. MarkAllRead
  • Score: -1

11:50am Mon 30 Jun 14

piszoff says...

I thought it went 'Don't eat Warburton's bread it makes your *hit like lead'
I thought it went 'Don't eat Warburton's bread it makes your *hit like lead' piszoff
  • Score: 0

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