Paul’s triathlon to culminate in festival finale

ALMOST THERE: Paul Botterill is nearing the end of his 140-mile charity triathlon.
ALMOST THERE: Paul Botterill is nearing the end of his 140-mile charity triathlon.

The finish line is getting closer for a Great Cornard man attempting a 140-mile charity triathlon in memory of friend Lee Dunford.

Paul Botterill, who lives in Head Lane, is due to finish his final run at the LeeStock festival on Saturday, when he will be greeted by friends and family.

The 30-year-old has been swimming, running and cycling tens of miles each day in order to complete the task.

So far, he is well on track, having already completed his 2.4-mile swim in half the time planned.

“I expected it to take six days,” said Paul. “I think it must be because I have got fitter and I am enjoying it, plus I have had a lot of moral support.”

Among those cheering Paul on has been Lee’s mum, Rosie. Twenty-one-year-old Lee died in 2006 after a four-year battle with cancer.

As part of the challenge, Paul has been fundraising for the Willow Foundation, which helped provide Lee with a day to remember, sending him and his band to a London recording studio.

“The foundation is very important. It is the only charity which helps seriously ill adults,” said Paul.

His biggest supporter has been his partner, Abi Curtis, who, as well as swimming with him, has got him up for the early cycle rides.

“I couldn’t have done it without Abi,” he said. “She’s really pushed me through it.”

Paul’s triathlon will finish on Saturday with a final two-mile run, ending at Melford Hall.

There will be no rest for Paul, however, as he will be working on the door, both before and after the run.

“I will get a burger, a beer and a quick shower, then I’m back on the door,” he said.

The festival is set for its biggest year with The Lightning Seeds and Mark Morris from the Bluetones headlining.

Tickets are still available for both days, with camping on the Saturday night introduced for the first time.

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