“Ned was a truly great person, and friend, one of my best pals. One that left us way too soon way before he really hit his true potential. He was loved by more people than he could ever imagine and will always be remembered for the legend he always was!”
“Even in the early days, late teenage years, he was always up for a laugh and more than willing to give anything a go, at least once. He loved to party and of course loved a road trip! If that word was ever mentioned he got a twitch in his pants he usually volunteered to drive and in the the later years we let him cuz his car was better than ours, but when we were younger there wasn't much chance of us doing 3-4 hours in the back of his 205, mainly because there wasn't enough room with his 2 subwoofers.
“Ned actually wasn't that sporty when he was younger, he found cycling probably close to 10 years ago and seemed to love it straight away. I think it was more the Lycra to be honest. We did quite a few rides here n there over the years. We even cycled home from Rome back to coleshill for a pint or two in the swan in 2011. He loved an adventure, Whether he was shotting whisky with rednecks or enjoying fresh snow in the depths of the mountains he certainly made the most of the time he had.”
“Then about 3 years ago triathlon came into his life. He'd never swam before he got forced into the lake and never looked back from that moment on. He seemed to go from strength to strength and dedicated a lot of his time to the sport, his club and his team mates! I know they all miss him dearly, miss his craziness at the races, and miss him skipping across the finish lines of some of the hardest Ironman races in the world.
“He always talked to his mates about trying to put on a mini music festival, how hard could it be? Unfortunately he just never got round to it, but that's what friends are for. And the idea that we combine it with a fun triathlon he'd of loved even more! Especially when he see's the people out to support what promises to be an amazing day. I have no doubt he'll be looking down on us and smiling, probably wondering why the bike course isn't twice as long, and with abit of luck the sun will most definitely have his hat on.
“Ned chose to challenge himself in the sport of triathlon, not only for himself but also to help others. He raised a lot of money for different charities, and helped a lot of people along the way. In his honour we have chosen to put this day on in support of two local charities, The Buddy Bag Foundation and Dun-Roamin. So whether you knew Ned or not, you want to get involved in the triathlon, or come party at the festival you'll be raising money for two very good causes, and will obviously have a mint time doing so.”
Close friend of Ned and Nedathon organiser