Tony gears up for Ironman challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:59 25 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:59 25 July 2013

Tony Barks is pictured pedalling his way to 100 miles to raise money for Hospiscare outside Franklins on Thursday with Jaqui and Alan Haywood from Franklins and Aloma Watson-senior director with Cross Deck forses recruitment company who are helping to publicise Tony's fund-raising. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4648-29-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

Tony Barks is pictured pedalling his way to 100 miles to raise money for Hospiscare outside Franklins on Thursday with Jaqui and Alan Haywood from Franklins and Aloma Watson-senior director with Cross Deck forses recruitment company who are helping to publicise Tony's fund-raising. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4648-29-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

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An Exmouth man is preparing to take on an epic Ironman triathlon to raise money for Hospiscare.

Tony Barks, 48, will be taking part in the event, made up of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon run, in Shropshire on August 18.

Tony, who lives in Woodfield Close, says he was inspired to raise money for Hospiscare, after seeing the care the charity’s nurses gave to his father-in-law.

Tony said: “About two years ago my mother and father-in-law came down from Scotland to live closer to where we were.

“Within six months my father-in-law contracted cancer, which turned out to be terminal.

“Hospiscare were absolutely fabulous. They allowed him to stay where he wanted to be, in the family home, with nurses there and being looked after.

“It was absolutely brilliant, and I thought it was time to give something back to these people. Their care and commitment were second to none.”

While training for his Ironman ride, Tony, who works at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, has also been completing 100 mile cycles on static bikes around the town, riding at Tesco and Franklins for Hospiscare, and at B&Q for Sodexo’s Afghan and Back challenge.

Tony, who said he would like to thank everyone who donated during those rides, is also being supported by local firm Cross Deck, jointly run by Tony’s friend Dixie Dean, which has offered to feature Tony’s Ironman fundraising on the front of their next newsletter, which will be emailed to 35,000 people.

Although Tony has completed regular triathlons before, this will be his first Ironman, but with his training going well he feels confident about the challenge.

To sponsor him, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Antony-Barks.

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