Spalding triathlon with a difference raised cash for charity

During the bowls match. ANL-160407-183945001
During the bowls match. ANL-160407-183945001

Four friends stayed awake for over 24 hours to take part in a triathlon with a difference and raise money for two great causes.

Dick Morgan, Martin Hardstaff, Ivan Williamson and Mark Elsey took part in the the Consti 24-hour triathlon.

Staff at the Air Ambulance shop ANL-160407-183959001

Staff at the Air Ambulance shop ANL-160407-183959001

Spalding Constitutional Club steward Dick (54), Mark, Martin and Ivanplayed eight hours of darts, eight hours of snooker and eight hours of bowls last month.

They started at 4pm on Saturday, June 11 and raised £2,300, which was split equally between the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Money was raised by people paying £2.50-a-time to challenge them to games of darts, snooker or bowls or sponsoring them to complete the 24-hour challenge.

They were up for around 36 hours in total and raised £2,300.15, which has been split equally between the charities.

Amazing sponsorship also came from Gist, whose £500 donation was presented to the air ambulance crew at RAF Waddington, with a further £650 given to the staff at the Air Ambulance branch in Spalding. A total of £1,150 was given to the local BHF branch in Spalding.

The four gave special thanks to Gist for their donation, Majestic Bingo , who gave £50 to each charity, and Remway Designwho donated £100 to the BHF; additionally to Martin Drury who provided them with breakfast at 7am on the Sunday morning and to all the people that challenged them to games and gave donations.

• More pictures in the Spalding Guardian of Thursday, July 7.