A SALON owner is hoping to prove he has the steel to complete an ironman challenge and help out a respite centre for poorly children.
Tony Deighton has signed up for the Steelman event in the Lake District this June.
The gruelling challenge consists of a 1.2-mile swim in Ullswater, a 56-mile bike ride, which includes going through Kirkstone Pass, and finally a 12.5-mile run including track, fell and road sections.
The 46-year-old, who owns Jen Deighton Hairdressing, in Sea Road, Fulwell, hopes his time as a member of Sunderland Strollers running club will stand him in good stead for the event.
Tony said: “I chose Grace House because our hairdressing salon is local and we’ve been in the trade for 15 years in Sunderland, as we used to run Toni and Guy in the city centre.
“It’s good to support a local cause rather than a national one, as most of our clients come from SR5 and SR6 area and I think they will relate more to Grace House as it is for children who need as much support as possible.
“Being in the Strollers keeps me fit, so I can do about three or four triathlons a year, but this is a massive step up for me. It’s like going from a 5k run to doing a marathon. I’ve done nothing like this distance before, but with the 300 to 400 clients we get coming in each week I’m hoping I’ll raise at least £1,000.”
To donate to Tony’s challenge, search for Tony Deighton on the Just Giving website.