A South Oxhey man and three of his friends embarked on a gruelling triathlon challenge at the weekend to raise money for Peace Hospice Care.

Russ Clancy, who runs The Dick Whittington, in Prestwick Road, took part in the Virgin Active London Triathlon with three regulars of the pub, Gene Edwards, Chris Marshall and Andy Seymour, joining him.

Saturday’s challenge included a 750 metre swim, a 20km bike ride and 5km run.

Mr Clancy completed the challenge in memory of his mother, Lin, who passed away five years ago, and his former colleague and close friend, Pauline Stanton, who died in December.

Both of whom were treated by the hospice.

Mr Clancy, 36, said the event went "really well" and that he was delighted to have finished.

The father-of-three added: "I think everyone put a great effort in and we all finished. I struggled with the run most of all, which I knew I would, and I came third out of the four of us. I just remembered what we were doing it for and that kept me going."

To support the team’s efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/Russell-Clancy