Reaching top gear for charity

Ryan Gibbs
Ryan Gibbs

Nine-year-old Ryan Gibbs is pulling out all the stops in his latest fundraising effort for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

The charity is close to Ryan’s heart because a WNAA crew fought to save the life of his uncle, Andy Lobban - who died aged just 41 in September 2008. Ryan, who is from Rushden, has done a number of fundraising events since his uncle’s death but he is now taking part in a duathlon for the charity.

The duathlon consists of running 500 metres, biking three kilometres, then running a further 500 metres, and Ryan says he can’t wait to get started.

He said: “I’m excited, I think it will be really fun.

“I’m looking forward to the biking.”

Ryan added: “At school my friends say that I’m not the fastest. I’m not the fastest, but I can keep running for longer than them.”

His mum Emma said she was very proud of him, adding: “Me and his grandad did the Virgin Active London Triathlon earlier this year and Ryan thought it was great.

“So he decided to do the duathlon to raise money for the air ambulance.”

The duathlon will take place at the Tri for Life event at Woburn Abbey, on Sunday, September 8.