Ironman ace Dave in charity cash bonanza

PUBLISHED: 12:49 03 July 2013

Brixington Budgeon's Dave Calland raised £1,000 for Scope by competing in an Ironman competition on Fathers Day at Wimbleball on Exmoor. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 2435-26-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

Brixington Budgeon's Dave Calland raised £1,000 for Scope by competing in an Ironman competition on Fathers Day at Wimbleball on Exmoor. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 2435-26-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

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A BRIXINGTON dad has raised £1,000 for Scope after completing the gruelling Ironman challenge – despite first having to learn to swim.

Father-of-four Dave Calland, 35, joint owner of Budgens in Brixington, successfully completed his goal of raising the cash and completing the 1.2-mile lake swim, 90km cycle ride and half marathon in under eight hours.

He joined 2,000 others in the Wimbleball Ironman UK event in Exmoor National Park.

He said: “The swimming was a big deal because first I had to learn to swim! I was pleased with my time.

“It was raining really hard and the change over to the cycling seemed to take 20 minutes because I had to put on all this gear. I’m glad I did because those who didn’t didn’t complete the course.

“I was hoping to make the time up downhill, but because of the wet they limited how fast you could cycle.

“I want to say thank you to everyone and all my customers, friends, training partners and family for supporting me, helping me prepare and for helping raise the money.”

“It was a fantastic experience.”

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