A teenager will take on a physical endurance challenge tomorrow in memory of a family friend who died of cancer.
Bethany Spearing, 17, is doing the half Iron Man challenge to raise money for the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, which cared for her parents’ friend Bob Watkins, who was in his early 40s, in the final weeks of his life in November last year.
The fitness fanatic will swim 1.2 miles, cycle 56 miles and run 13 miles – the equivalent of a half marathon – all in one day at the Nuffield Heath gym in Fairford Leys, and she hopes to complete the feat in under eight hours.
Bethany, of Fowler Road, Prebendal, said: “I’ve been going to the gym for just under a year and it’s become a sort of a hobby. I never used to like sport that much at school, but now I have a few friends at the gym and I really enjoy going.”
Dedicated Beth, who lives with her parents and two brothers, spends between three to four hours training at the gym seven days a week. She admits that she has to stick to a strict eating regime to keep her body properly fuelled.
The former Mandeville School student said: “My friends think I’m crazy! I have to force feed myself to eat because I’m burning so many calories. I do still go out with my friends and indulge a bit, but generally I eat healthily with lots of fruit, vegetables and protein.”
Bethany, a business and admin apprentice at Aylesbury Vale District Council, is aiming to raise at least £250 for the charity.
She said: “I’ve always wanted to raise money for charity, and I think Florence Nightingale’s do so much for people. Bob’s family have been very supportive of what I’m doing.”