[su_column size="2/3"]On Saturday September 21st, 2013 the day after summiting Mont Blanc in the French Alps, Simon Patrick Anthony Bates slipped and fell during his descent and was tragically killed aged 30.
Simon was one of life’s great people. Known to most as Si, he was a big man, 6ft 3, size 13 shoes, big hands, a huge heart, an almighty laugh, and what seemed like a never-ending appetite for love and for life. He was dedicated to his family, his friends and to making a difference to others.
Its hard to believe that one misplaced step could cost Simon his future so to honour such a wonderful life the Simon Bates Foundation was initiated by his family and friends to help continue his passion for empowering others and bettering lives.
He had a passion for helping people to be the best they could be and to help others to build better futures for themselves by teaching them how to do things on their own.
2014 was to be a big year for Simon for many reasons, one of which was to become an active Triathlete and along with friends and family Simon was excited about entering a host of triathlons. We hope that by dedicating the Ponteland Triathlon to the memory of Simon, it will inspire those who have ambitions of taking part in their first triathlon to take up the challenge.