30-hour ordeal raises cash for air ambulance
11:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
Endurance competitor Billy Dyer says he will never again attempt a double ironman event indoors after a 30-hour ordeal in support of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Mr Dyer, 43, from Freeman Road, Devizes, and his colleague, prison officer Chris Ette, 36, undertook the gruelling feat at Route 2 Fitness gym on Hopton industrial estate over the weekend, rowing 4.8 miles, cycling 224 miles and running 52 miles, all on the static equipment in the gym.
The ordeal lasted 30 hours and 13 minutes, starting just after noon on Saturday and finishing at 5.30pm on Sunday.
The two friends came up with the idea during the freezing weather of January. Mr Dyer said: “We thought, no rain, no cold wind, it will be so easy but it was a lot harder than we thought.
“On static equipment every mile is physically hard. On an outdoor bike you can freewheel to give yourself a break but not on a static bike. Running two marathons on a treadmill is so boring that is mentally tough. We have both sworn never to do anything like that again.
“But people were dropping in all the time to see how we were getting on and dropping money into the collecting boxes. So far we have raised about £500 for the air ambulance but there is more coming in.”
Anyone who would like to contribute can do so online at www.justgiving.com/Billy-Dyer.
Both Mr Dyer and Mr Ette are seasoned ironman competitors. They met two years ago at ultra events and Mr Ette mentioned he had done a static ironman challenge in the gym at his prison for inmates. Mr Dyer then suggested doing a static double ironman, something he believes has never been attempted before.
The men chose Wiltshire Air Ambulance as their charity. Mr Dyer used to be a retained fire fighter in Devizes and often worked alongside the air ambulance.
He said: “It’s a very good cause. When I was in the fire brigade I saw at first hand what they do. When the partnership with the police ends next year they will have to raise a lot more money and I was staggered at how much it costs to keep them flying.”
The Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal needs to raise £2.5m a year to keep the service going.
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