A LOCAL businessman, after completing stage one of a fundraising and endurance challenge, the London Marathon, is set to move on to his biggest challenge to-date.

James Coleman, the managing director at Creedy Carver Ltd of Upton Hellions near Crediton is to attempt an Ironman 70.3 in memory of his Mum (Sue), and  dear family friend, Bob Adams.

Sue Coleman at Exeter Chiefs.
Sue Coleman at Exeter Chiefs. (James Coleman)

The event will be centred around Lords Meadow Leisure Centre and Crediton Rugby Club and will take place on Saturday, July 6.

James explained: “I will be required to do a 2,000 metre swim followed by a 56-mile bike ride and finished off with a half marathon.

“I am doing this to raise as much money as possible for the charity, Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA.

Sue was the co-founder of Creedy Carver Ltd.

She was diagnosed with MND in 2014 and eventually lost her battle in 2016.

During that time, family friend Bob, was a great support to Sue and witnessed first-hand what she went through, only to be diagnosed himself within a year of Sue’s passing, sadly losing his own battle earlier this year.

James’ challenge has been broken down into sections so that family and friends can join in at different stages along the way.

To-date, James has received generous support and raised more than £6,600.

He hopes to raise more and you can donate on his justgiving page online by searching for his name.

Donations will also be accepted on the day.

He says that all support is greatly appreciated. 

Michelle Weeks, from Creedy Carver Ltd, said James is working incredibly hard at training, getting others involved and raising lots of money.

She said he has several people taking part in either a 5k, 10k or half marathon run with others also cycling and swimming.

The MND Association focuses on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those living with or affected by MND in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you or a loved one need practical or emotional support, call the MNDA Connect Helpline on 0808 802 6262, Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.