Teachers complete Big Lime Triathlon for British Heart Foundation

David Matthews (left) and Alan Pounder are two of the three members of staff from Catcote School who will be taking part in the Big Lime Triathlon later this month.
David Matthews (left) and Alan Pounder are two of the three members of staff from Catcote School who will be taking part in the Big Lime Triathlon later this month.
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KIND-HEARTED teaching staff have helped raise vital funds for a national charity by taking part in a gruelling triathlon.

Alan Pounder and David Matthews plus Ian Pounder - who works for Hartlepool Borough Council - all completed the Big Lime Triathlon in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and it involved them cycling 20k, swimming 750m and running a further 5k.

They all work at Catcote Academy, in Hartlepool, and completed the course in aid of the charity and in the process helped raised £300 in sponsorship.

The fit trio decided to complete the charity challenge in memory of Michael Carr, who died of heart disease aged 58 back in 2006. Michael’s wife Janet Carr, 58, works at Catcote Academy as a teaching assistant.

Staff and pupils at the school have regularly raised funds for the British Heart Foundation over the years.

Head of maths at Catcote Academy, David Matthews, 39, took on the swimming part of the triathlon, and he said: “The Big Lime Triathlon is a fantastic event.

“There were hundreds of people taking part and it was a really well organised event.

“The three of us were delighted to be raising money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Janet’s husband.

“The school has regularly raised money for them over the years.

“I had never swam in open water before so the cold was quite a shock when I jumped in but it was all good fun.”

Janet said: “I just cannot thank the three of them enough.

“It was a wonderful effort by them all.”

The Big Lime Triathlon took place in Hartlepool at the end of September for the second time and it proved to be an increasingly popular event.

The race involved swimming 750 metres in the marina, followed by a 20 kilometre cycle around laps of Seaton Carew, including the climb at Newburn Bridge which was the lap turning point so competitors had two hills in quick succession.

Once dismounted back at the Marina, the athletes then raced the final part of the course which was a 5 kilometre run along the promenade and back, finishing at the Historic Quay to be greeted by a large crowd of supporters.

A total of 225 competitors took part in the full triathlon event which was won by Paul Brown of NRG/Godleys RT in 1:03:22.

Staff at Catcote Academy were doing it in honour of the British Heart Foundation, which is the UK’s number one heart charity.

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