A FATHER-OF-THREE is taking on challenge after challenge in aid of a cancer charity – and says he is loving every minute.
Steve Caron decided to compete in various challenges including half-marathons, triathlons and obstacle courses, all to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his mother-in-law, Jean Hextall, who died from the illness in 2011.
His latest accomplishment saw him climb three of the UK’s highest mountains within 24 hours – the Three Peaks Challenge.
The 44-year-old said it was an experience he would recommend to anyone.
He said: “All in all it was a fantastic experience and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, until the Monday afterwards when I could barely walk anyway!
“It’s something that I’m really pleased I have done and I have raised a few bob for charity at the same time.”
Mr Caron, who grew up in Burton, has already completed the Ashbourne Triathlon, the Mad Monk six-mile obstacle course and the Ramathon half-marathon, as well as the Water Wipeout extreme mud and obstacle course at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham.
And he’s not stopping there. He has even added two more events to his ever-growing list, meaning he has four events left to go – a half marathon, two triathlons and an obstacle course.
Speaking about the Water Wipeout event, he told the Mail: “It was just fantastic. I got very wet and very muddy but had an absolute ball and I finished in the top 150, which was really pleasing.”
Mr Caron enjoyed the obstacle course so much that he has signed up for ‘The Wild Thing’ X runner course in Ashbourne in September, and has recruited his eldest son to join him.
He said: “My eldest son is nearly 16 and he’s trying to get fit. This will be a good test for him to beat his old man.”
More than £1,000 has now been raised for the charity through Mr Caron’s challenges thanks to more than 50 donations from family, friends and even old neighbours.
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/steve-caron