Runner’s triple challenge for Hartlepool hospice

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BRAVE Andrew Geldard is taking part in a triple running challenge for charity - and he plans to do it all within two days.

And by the end of the mega mission, the 33-year-old will have completed more than 35 miles for two worthy causes, Hartlepool & District Hospice and the national cause, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

He’s doing it all in memory of two people who lost their fight for life - and both were close to him.

Former Easington man Andrew, who works as a coach driver, said: “I am hoping to gain support and awareness in memory of two very brave and very special people for two fantastic causes.”

Andrew’s mum Liz Geldard died aged 55 of cancer of the throat, last year.

She put up a 27-month fight against the disease and stayed in her final days at the hospice where she and her family received wonderful support from the excellent team.

Andrew’s wife Sarah Geldard, 25, a primary school teacher, said: “They were fantastic. They could not do enough for Liz or her family.”

She said Liz had not originally want to go into a hospice but, after a visit to the Wells Avenue unit, she liked it so much she changed her mind.

The run will also be in memory of Sarah’s brother Tom Broadway, from Dorset, who died four years ago of leukaemia, aged 27.

Andrew said: “I am doing it for mum and Tom to say thank you, because sometimes a marathon just isn’t far enough.”

His plan is to run the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10 kilometre and five kilometre races, on Saturday, May 30.

The next day, he will run the Edinburgh Marathon itself and Sarah said: “He has done lots of training and he has joined a running club to support him with his technique and his recovery times.”

Andrew, originally from Lincoln, got back into running after he used to do it in his schooldays. His family later lived in the Easington area but he moved to Dorset, lost weight and decided to get back into running, said his wife.

“He decided he wanted to give something back to Hartlepool & District Hospice and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.”

To back Andrew, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Team-Geldard or text TGMT82 and give your donation to 70070