Hartlepool man within touching distance of triathlon target

Andrew Allison puts in some miles on the bike.
Andrew Allison puts in some miles on the bike.

A Hartlepool man is being stopped in the street – by people wanting to praise him for his charity challenge.

Andrew Allison, 35, who has cerebral palsy, will swim 400 metres, cycle 20 kilometres, and run five kilometres to raise money for the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group.

Dedicated Andrew gets in some swimming practice.

Dedicated Andrew gets in some swimming practice.

And since his story first featured in the Hartlepool Mail, Andrew has won plenty of supporters.

His mum Pat Allison, 63, is the manager and co-ordinator of the support group, and she said: “He is getting lots of recognition through the Hartlepool Mail.

“We went to a garden centre recently and someone noticed Andrew from him being in the paper. It has really given him a boost.”

It has also helped Andrew’s fundraising total to rise to within touching distance of his £500 target.

We went to a garden centre recently and someone noticed Andrew from him being in the paper. It has really given him a boost

Pat Allison, mum of sponsored triathlete Andrew Allison

Andrew, who also has autism and learning difficulties, has made his parents Pat and dad Robert, 59, extra proud by taking on the challenge.

Pat added: “He is doing well and he is really excited about it.”

Pat said: “Andrew has been in training for the past five months building up strength, muscle endurance and cardio vascular threshold by combining endurance and resistance exercise to condition his body to be able to withstand three back-to-back disciplines: swimming, cycling and running.

“Aside from the cardio aspect, developing muscle is also a key component to the training regime as triathlons are multi-disciplinary activities, and each discipline involves the use of different muscles.

“Developing muscle throughout the body is key.”

The triathlon event will take place at David Lloyd Leisure Club, at Tees Barrage, Thornaby, on Sunday, June 7.

Andrew will be using the club’s outdoor pool for the swim, a spin bike for the cycle and a treadmill for the run to complete the challenge.

To support Andrew, visit the website HERE or pick up a sponsor form at the Resource Centre, 109 Park Road, Hartlepool, TS26 9HR.