A Cleckheaton mother of three has raised £1,700 for charity after completing one of the most gruelling challenges in sport.
Suzy Coates showed steely determination to complete the recent Outlaw Ironman Triathlon in aid of the Pulmonary Hypertension Charity at Nottingham.
Five years ago her husband Paul was diagnosed with Idiopathic pulmonary hypertension – a rare lung condition that affects just a few thousand people nationally.
After learning more about the disease, seasoned athlete Suzy, a member of Wakefield Triathlon Club, decided to throw herself into a campaign to raise money and awareness of the condition.
In this, her latest Outlaw Ironman challenge, she swam 2.4 miles, pedalled 112 miles and slogged it out over a 26.2-mile run to complete the course in 13 hours, 37 minutes.
Husband Paul said: “We still have a few donations to come in but we are thrilled with the £1,700 raised so far and I am certainly extremely proud of Suzy.
Suzy added: “I couldn’t walk for a few days but this was nothing compared to the constant battle my husband and many other people who suffer with the condition have to go through every day just to get through. Paul is and always will be my inspiration.”
Not content to call it a day, Suzy is now setting her sights on completing a double ironman triathlon on the south coast in 2015.
“She’s one determined woman and myself and the children go to all of her training sessions and events to cheer her on.” Paul said.
“We are her biggest fans. She’s amazing.”