Lord of the Olympic rings

Ian Mercer who is doing the Olympic Ring Challenges, starting with the London Marathon on Saturday
Ian Mercer who is doing the Olympic Ring Challenges, starting with the London Marathon on Saturday
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A HALTON man is getting into the Olympic spirit by setting himself five challenges representing each of the famous rings.

Super fit Ian Mercer, 49, of Beech Road, will kickstart his Olympic Ring Challenge this weekend with the London Marathon, before taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks race just six days later on April 28.

He will then run the Windermere Marathon on May 20, followed by the Lancaster Castle Marathon on June 24.

He will complete the challange by attempting to cycle to and scale each of UK’s biggest mountains – Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis – in less than two days.

Ian will be raising money for two charities close to his heart, the Coronary Care Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and Unique Kidz and Co, an after school and holiday club in Lancaster for children with special needs.

He said: “With it being The London Olympic 2012 special year I wanted to do something in keeping with this major event, so I came up with the Olympic ring challenges which consist of me doing a challenge for each ring on the Olympic flag.

“I am doing this challenge for the coronary care unit because my mum, mother-in-law and uncle all passed away there and the care that they received was excellent.

“And the Unique Kidz because some of my friends’ children go there and it’s great for these kids to get great care from this after school club.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Ian-Mercer1.

Ian has also organized a coast to coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth along the Hadrian’s Wall route on June 30 and July 1.

Anyone wishing to take part in the challenge, which is raising money for the same two charities, can contact i.mercer@lancaster.ac.uk for details.