A MAN from Nuthall is taking part in the famous London Triathlon to raise money for charity.
Scott Franklin will do a one mile swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run to raise money for McMillan nurses, who have helped his mum, who has cancer.
The 43-year-old – who has never been a strong swimmer and is dreading the mile swim in the Thames – said he wanted to give something back to the nurses who have helped his family.
“My mum has got lung cancer and the McMillan nurses have been fantastic to her and the whole family,” he said. “I just wanted to give something back.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do as well and thought it was a good opportunity to do it for a good cause.”
Scott is looking to raise over £1,000 and has got £720 so far.
He has been doing nine hour-long training sessions per week since last October to prepare himself – three running, three swimming and three biking.
“I’ve never been a strong swimmer so I’ve been getting really stuck in to that for the last few months,” he said.
“It’s a daunting thought going into the Thames, but I want to do the best I possibly can.”
Over 14,000 people will be competing in the event this July, which saw celebrities Vernon Kay and Jenson Button take part last year.
McMillan nurses offer advice and support to people with cancer, and their families. If anyone would like to sponsor Scott, who lives in Cederland Crescent, they should call him on 07834 727 441.