Ryan inspires stepdad's Ironman challenge

Published on: 12 Aug 2013

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A Keynsham man decided a marathon wouldn’t be enough if he was going to be raising money in honour of his stepson Ryan – and will this month be tackling a gruelling Ironman triathlon.

Richard Franklin, who runs Franks Window Cleaning, will be heading to Kalmar, in Sweden, on August 17 where he will carry out a 2.5-mile swim and a 112-mile cycle before he ends the day with a 26.2-mile marathon run - and all in less than 16 hours.

Mr Franklin is raising money for Keynsham and District Mencap and Look West, two charities that have supported Ryan, 15, and the rest of the family.

He said: “Having a very special disabled stepson called Ryan, I knew I had to do something a little more special than a marathon run.

“Ryan has been going to Keynsham Mencap’s Tuesday Club at the Fry Club for the last 10 years. They take Ryan from us for two hours every week so we get a break.

"They give up their time free of charge just so special kids like Ryan get something different. They sometimes have a disco, play games, paint and even make some cakes, but most of all they enjoy and are in a safe place.

“Without our support clubs like these would not survive, and only to see the smile on these special kids’ faces is priceless.”

Mr Franklin has been following a rigorous training programme for the past few months to prepare for the challenge and hopes to raise £3,000. To find out more and to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/richard-franklin2.

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