Kev’s Iron Man Challenge

…is this coming Sunday, 17th July 2016.

A swift reminder to one and all, that club member Kev McConnell (ex player and junior coach) is participating in the “Iron Man Bolton” challenge this coming Sunday, raising funds for the Chris Tickle Fund.

Poor old Kev will have to first complete a 2.4 mile open water swim, across Pennington Flash, end to end.

Then he has to take a 112 mile bike ride around the upper Lancashire area.

As if that isn’t enough punishment, Kev will then complete a 26.2 mile marathon.

This feat of endurance is made even more astonishing when you learn that Kev didn’t learn how to swim as a youngster, so only started swimming 6 months ago!


Kev was a close friend of Chris Tickle, who we tragically lost in 2009, as a result of a spinal injury. Like many people in the Club, Kev has kept in touch with Chris’s family, in particular Chris’s dad, Keith Tickle, who set up the Chris Tickle Fund, linked with the high profile Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, which raises funds for Spinal Injuries.

In recent years the Foundation has assisted in the funding of the now World Famous operation which led to Polish man, Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the waist down, now being able to walk again (on sticks), and of late re-discovering how to ride his horse!

This amazing medical breakthrough is now to be made available to two British paraplegics later this year.

So, if you feel that you can support Kev in his bid to raise £1,000.00 for the Foundation and its work, please go to his Just Giving Page and donate towards this ground breaking fund.


For information, the Club will continue its association with the Chris Tickle Fund when we host the annual cricket match between an Eccles Select and Keith Tickle’s Tyldesley Tigers one Friday evening later this summer. Date too be announced. Just waiting for the rain to stop!

And a thank you to the DoE committee for their huge, recent donation of £200.00

Good Luck Kev and your team, and thanks in anticipation to all who donate.

Dave Nicholls