Trio from Falkirk area raise £3500 in gruelling Ironman

Stuart Paterson competes in Ironman 2014
Stuart Paterson competes in Ironman 2014

Locals from across Falkirk have been showing what they are made of by completing one of the toughest tests of stamina and endurance.

Bairns were represented at this year’s Ironman Triathalon in Bolton on July 20 when over 2000 people pushed themselves to the edge of physical ability with a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a full marathon.

Among them were Stenhousemuir’s Steven Honeymoon, who took part alongside his cousin Ross Crombie from Brightons and friend Nicola Bishop (34) of Kincardine.

All Ironman first-timers, the trio took the triathlon in their stride and raised around £3500 for various cancer-related charities and Strathcarron Hospice.

Tragically, just a few days later, Steven (37) lost his dad Roddy, who had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last year.

Friends posted on Steven’s Facebook page on hearing the news, saying that he had done his dad proud.

Dad-of-two Ross (38) said: “At some points it was agony.

“We did it because several of our family members have had cancer.

“At times when we were in pain during the Ironman I just kept thinking about how much people suffer when they are going through cancer.

“I knew that what I was feeling was nothing to what they had suffered.”

One of the youngest competitors was 19-year-old Stuart Paterson from Shieldhill.

The teen came 11th in the 18-24-year category and 349th overall with a fantastic time of 12 hours six minutes.

The fitness fan, a member of Falkirk Bicycle Club who completed his first marathon in May in under three hours, is now determined to take on more Ironman challenges.

Mum Helen said: “I was really, really proud.

“It is quite an emotional day, when you see them crossing the finish line and they’re so tired and it’s such a long day.

“But it was great because he was so quick in his field.

“He now wants to do more triathlons, and he’ll be running the London Marathon next year after getting an automatic entry because of his time in May in Edinburgh.”