Triathlon to raise money for Leestock

CHALLENGE: Paul Botterill.
CHALLENGE: Paul Botterill.

A Great Cornard man will attempt a 140-mile triathlon in memory of friend Lee Dunford, while raising money for the Willow Foundation.

Paul Botterill will start the challenge on Sunday, May 18, and will finish at the LeeStock festival, held in Lee’s memory, on Saturday, May 24.

Paul, 30, from Head Lane, said: “LeeStock is in memory of one of my closest friends, more a brother, Lee Dunford, who unfortunately died in 2006 having suffered from cancer for four years.

“The Willow Foundation helped provide Lee with a day to remember, sending him and his band to a London recording studio to record some music. Lee loved his day.

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

As part of his training, Paul, who is a lorry driver, is regularly running and cycling and updates his progress to supporters on his fundraising Facebook page.

He is also taking part in the five-mile Sudbury Fun Run on Friday, April 18, and regularly runs with the Great Cornard Park Runners.

Zest Gym has also allowed Paul to use its facilities to help with his training.

Paul knows the challenge is extreme but said: “I was inspired to take on the challenge because I wanted to do something no one has ever done before.

“I’m very nervous and excited – it is by far my biggest challenge yet.

“I enjoy all parts of a triathlon but doing them over this distance is very daunting.

“I have not taken part in challenges yet for LeeStock but I can guarantee this will be the first of many.”

The triathlon will see Paul swim for 2.4 miles, run for 26.2 miles and cycle for 112 miles over the course of the week.

So far, he has managed to raise £227. To sponsor Paul, go to