A Skelmersdale schoolboy who has dreams of becoming an officer in the Royal Marines has completed a mini triathlon to raise cash for the forces charity.
Charlie Worth, 15, undertook his mammoth challenge last weekend, running and cycling through driving rain to reach his target.
The Scarisbrick Hall pupil started at 9:30am on Sunday morning at the Nye Bevan pool where he swam 1250m in 26 minutes.
Charlie was originally planning to cycle from the pool to Pontins in Southport and from there to run to the ribble estuary nature reserve.
The appalling weather conditions meant going near the coast would be dangerous though and Charlie changed his route.
Instead he biked to Rainford and St Helens – a distance of 21.5 miles, in one hour and 15 minutes.
Finally he completed a seven and a half mile run around Skelmersdale, which took just over an hour, finishing at the Toby pub.
Charlie said: “I’m really pleased with how the challenge went, I was worried about changing the route, but it went really well and I ended up doing a longer challenge in shorter time, which was great.
“I really try to keep myself phycially fit and I train quite a lot. I do martial arts and run and cycle, but this was the first triathlon I’ve ever attempted.
“Cycling in the rain was really hard, it was driving down and it was windy as well, but I kept going because the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund is a really important cause to me.
“I’ve always wanted to be an officer in the marines, I’ve done army cadets in the past but I did my work experience with HMS Eaglet in Liverpool and it was just brilliant and convinced me that this was the career path for me.
“I’m planning to join the reserves when I’m 17 and then go to university to study either business or sport science, before going into the force as an officer, if all goes well.”
Charlie has raised around £500 for the charity through his fundraising challenge.
He now plans to organise more events to raise even more money, to give members of the forces the support they deserve.
Charlie’s dad Kenny said: “We as a family are really proud of Charlie, we all came down to support him and were cheering him on.
“He did so well considering the horrendous weather conditions and we’d like to thank everyone that has sponsored him.
“Special thanks go to Nye Bevan who gave Charlie a dedicated lane, so he could complete his swim in the quickest time possible.”