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Tri-ing hard for PCRF

24 July 2013

A sports journalist from Friday Bridge, near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, has completed a triathlon in memory of his uncle Alan who died of pancreatic cancer aged 52.

Gavin & Kelly with Alan's wife Lyndsey

25 year old Gavin Caney’s challenge took place on Saturday 6 July when he swam a mile in a local pool, followed by a 36.3 mile cycle ride and a 14.7 mile run - 52 miles in total and all in soaring summer heat.

Alan Rasberry, who died on 19 June, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May. The route for the run had been devised by Alan before he died and took in places that had been significant in his life such as family homes and schools. The run ended at the home that Alan had shared with his wife, Lindsey, in King’s Lynn.

Says Gavin: “The swim and the bike ride were good and I felt fine for most of the time.” Gavin was then joined for the run by his twin sister, Kelly King, and the pair encouraged each other to keep going to the end of the route. “We both thought of Alan and how brave he had been. That helped drag us through,” says Gavin.

Passers-by also supported the pair, with one man stopping his car to give them £10.

Gavin has exceeded his expected fundraising target of £1,000, with £2,795 donated to date. If you would like to add to his total, please visit

Photo: Gavin and his twin sister Kelly with Alan's wife Lindsey.

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