A Banagher man who completed an epic charity challenge says he is overwhelmed at the support he received over a six-week period.
Peter O’Kane took onthe gruelling Ironman UK, which lasted more than 14 hours involving a 2.4-mile open water swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and finally a 26.2-mile run.
The feat is even more remarkable given Peter only learned how to swim six months previously.
The challenge was also extremely emotional for the well known hurler and footballer as it was in memory of Peter’s brother, popular teacher James O’Kane.
Having run the London marathon twice and completed many triathlons, the next goal for James was to compete in Ironman UK in Bolton but, while preparing for it, James was diagnosed with bowel cancer and on May 17th, 2013 he lost his battle and never had the chance to compete.
“In those last days we had together, I promised James that I would do the Ironman for him,” explained Peter.
In just six weeks Peter raised a staggering £11,506.08 of which Marie Curie Cancer Care will receive £10,006.08 .
Close to £1,500 has been used to buy beds and a freezer for Altnagelvin’s Sperrin Ward.
“I’m overwhelmed at the amount raised, and I want to thank everyone who donated, whether it was a pound or £500,” said James, adding: “I’m not sure what James would say, but I think he would be chuffed enough. I think he would be very proud.”