Brave Jack’s got Iron will
DESPITE suffering serious arm injuries in a car crash just weeks before a gruelling Ironman competition, nothing was going to stop Jack Travis taking part.
The 23-year-old, a technical advisor from Bradley Fold, completed a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26-mile run in the Ironman UK contest held in Bolton on August 4.
He took part in aid of Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre, which cared for his father after he was diagnosed with skin cancer.
This time two years ago, Mr Travis had not swum further than a mile, never swam in open water and did not own a bike.
In the space of 12 months, he trained for 440 hours, swam 100 miles, cycled 3,200 miles and ran nearly 800 miles to prepare for Ironman. However, four weeks before he was due to take part, Mr Travis suffered hip injuries and was unable to move his arm after an oncoming car forced him to swerve on the road.
He said: “After the crash I couldn’t train and didn’t know whether I’d be able to do it I couldn’t believe it after I’d trained so hard for six months.”
But through sheer grit and determination, Mr Travis patched himself up in time for the event.
He said: “I was so relieved after all the setbacks. It was very emotional at the end when my sister passed me my Penny Brohn top.
“I finally got to wear it at the finish line which meant a lot because I've been doing this for them all along.
“My dad was very proud,”
Mr Travis had planned to take part in Ironman 2012 and did a half Ironman on his birthday last June in preparation.
But he became sick and hypothermic and his bike chain snapped during last year’s event — he was unable to finish the race.
However, this June he completed the half Ironman successfully.
Mr Travis said: “My aim was to raise as much money as possible for the charity. My grandma's advice kept me going until the end, which was ‘never let anyone tell you you can't do something. Never give up.’ “ Anyone who would like to donate to the cause can visit justgiving.com/jackt or text "JTIM99" and the amount (e.g. “£1”) to 70070.
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