Wash and go! Toni’s ready for quadrathlon challenge

TONI Schofield is hoping to become the first competitor to ever complete a quadrathlon across the Wash.

The 47-year-old fitness fanatic will undertake a 13-mile kayak journey, one-mile swim, 16-mile bike ride and five-mile run next month – as he bids to raise cash for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline.

“I’m buzzing. I can’t wait to do it,” said Toni, who has set himself a sub-four-hour target.

After spending years living in Boston, Toni is calling upon his old friends in the town to help sponsor his endeavour.

He said he was moved to support the charity after reading about charity creator Wendy Watson in a magazine. In 1993, she became the first woman to have a double masectomy of healthy breasts, after an apalling record of breast cancer in her family.

“After reading about Wendy I felt I wanted to do something to help,” continued Toni, who also says he is driven to make his 18-month-old grandson Logan proud.

“Lincolnshire has a high rate of breast cancer – and it affects men as well as women.”

Toni’s challenge will begin at 9am on June 25.

Setting off from Hunstanton, he will navigate the dangerous changing tides of the Wash, before a one-mile swim from Skegness Boathouse, with waters as cold as 10C. A 16-mile cycle and five-mile beach run will conclude the quadrathlon at the bell tower in Chapel St Leonards, where Toni now lives.

Toni is currently devoting hours of his day to training, beginning at 7am every morning.

He was originally undertaking the challenge with fellow competitor Tom Wann, although he has recently had to pull out.

l You can sponsor Tony by logging on to www.justgiving.com/Helpline-Quadathon.