Police officer takes on world's toughest race

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 August 2014

Jason Shears who has just completed his Iron Man for fundraising.

Jason Shears who has just completed his Iron Man for fundraising.

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A WESTON police officer took part in the world's toughest race to raise money for a toddler who lost a leg due to meningitis.

Jason Shears, aged 38, grew up in Weston, attending Worle Community School before joining the army.

This is where he met his good friend Gareth Stephenson and the two men left the military in 2002 to join the police.

In July 2012, Gareth and his partner Nikki welcomed their second son, Noah, into the world.

Police inspector Jason, who lives in Worle and is based in Bristol, said: “All was well until March last year when he became very ill and was diagnosed with meningitis.

“Noah was very lucky to live, however as a result of the illness Noah had one of his legs amputated and also lost the tips of his fingers and toes.

“Noah is now absolutely fine but will require extra support and prosthetic legs throughout his child and teenage years.

“I decided to raise money by doing the Ironman UK Bolton race this year.

“Prior to this I had never done a triathlon so I started my training 40 weeks before the race.”

The Ironman race is infamous for being a test on endurance as well as physical fitness.

It covers 140 miles and participants must complete it within 17 hours. It consists of a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and then a full 26-mile marathon.

Jason finished the race in 13hrs and 34mins.

I am following this up by doing a bike ride, with Gareth and members of his family, from John O’Groats to Land’s End in September covering more than 1,000 miles in 10 days.

To sponsor them and to find out more about Noah, visit www.gofundme.com/75d2iw Anyone that sponsors them using this link also gets a free entry to a competition to win a hamper which will contain local specialities from all the towns the cyclists visit on their travels from the highest to lowest point of the UK.

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