A helicopter pilot from Louth, who is currently serving with the army in Africa, has taken on the ultimate challenge - all in memory of his mum.
Richard Clapson, 30, from Louth completed the Ironman challenge on Sunday, April 6 in South Africa and has raised £2,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
This gruelling charity challenge was undertaken in 30 degree heat, but Richard wanted to participate in an event which pushed him to his physical limits after he decided to raise funds for a cause which is very close to home.
Richard’s mum, Mandy lost her battle with cancer nearly a year ago to the day and formerly worked at Louth Hospital.
She had lived in Louth all of her life with her husband Chris and her other two children, Mark and Sarah.
All of the family have kept Mandy close to their hearts via a number of ways, but this was Richard’s chance to do something in memory of his mum.
Richard said: “I wanted an event that challenged me as much as possible and they don’t get more difficult than an ironman.
“I’m in Kenya at the moment on an army posting, so I needed to find something in Africa.”
The Ironman challenge consists of a two and a half mile swim, an 115-mile bike ride and to finish, a marathon of 26 miles.
Richard added: “I found the 180km cycle the hardest part of the challenge on the day.
“It was over 30 degrees in heat and the wind hitting you was horrendous.”
The challenge was then made even more difficult, let alone trying to tackle this event in just one day, participants are given a 17-hour window in which to complete the challenge.
But Richard managed to complete it in 15 hours, 54 minutes and nine seconds.
Richard’s dad, Chris Clapson said: “With the extreme heat Richard had to face in Africa, it was definitely a challenge for him.
“He did really well and I am so proud of him raising funds for such a worthy charity in memory of his mum.
“Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to donate towards this great cause.”
There is still an opportunity to donate towards Richard’s cause which you can do so by visiting his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/Richard-Clapson.