A LONG-TIME fundraiser for Barnsley Hospice is getting ready to take part in a duathlon in a bid to raise vital funds.

Gavin Coles, 44, from Athersley South, will be taking part in a charity duathlon which will see him take part in a 15-mile trail run, a 116-mile cycle and a run up and down the highest peak in Wales, Mount Snowdon, to raise money for the town’s hospice in September.

The fundraising hero, who’s twice been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award, cycled the near-900 mile route from Land’s End to John O’Groats in Scotland in July last year, raising money for the same cause.

Gavin told the Chronicle: “I’ve done a lot of fundraising for the hospice - my wife’s grandma spent a lot of time there and the staff did an amazing job at looking after her.

“I’m really looking forward to my next challenge - it’s all for a very worthy cause and one that has a lot of meaning to our family.

“I’ll have 21 hours to complete the three part challenge, so it’s going to be tough but I’m confident I’ll get it done.”