A dad-of-two from Weston Hills who has an incurable disease is living his life more to the full than ever before.
Ron Flewett (54), who has also been fostering children with his partner Maxine Steer for the past two years, completed his own Triath-A-Ron with a 50-mile cycle ride at the Prudential RideLondon event on Sunday.
The Triath-A-Ron, which also included a 13.1 mile walk and 2.1km swim, took place after Ron was told by doctors in April 2014 that he had only three to five more years to live because of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), an incurable lung disease which affects breathing.
Ron said: “I decided to take a positive attitude and make it my goal to raise awareness of the disease by doing the Triath-A-Ron.
”I’d had six or seven cramp attacks on the bike ride and by 35-40 miles, it was very painful on the inclines as all my oxygen was being used for my heart and brain.
“So I decided it wasn’t worth risking my health and stopped after 50 miles. I’m feeling a bit flat for not finishing the ride but still proud.”
In a further blow after the IPF diagnosis, Ron was made redundant last December but happily he has since found new employment and help from the British Lung Foundation (BLF).
“The support I’ve had from the BLF has been amazing and given me the confidence I needed to take on the Triath-A-Ron and Prudential RideLondon,” Ron said.
“As someone who lives with IPF, being able to take part in the event made me even more determined to do it.”
Ron’s efforts have resulted in him raising £2,825 for the BLF so far and the charity’s community fundraising manager, Katie Lyall, said: “We’re incredibly proud and grateful to Ron for his fantastic support.”