Hartlepool’s miracle man who was told he ‘would never walk’ to do triathlon

Andrew Allison is in the pool.
Andrew Allison is in the pool.

Brave Andrew Allison was never expected to walk when he was born.

But now the 35-year-old - who has cerebral palsy - is set to swim 400 metres, cycle 20 kilometres, and run five kilometres.

Andrew Allison is in the pool.

Andrew Allison is in the pool.

He’s doing it to raise money for the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, where his mum Pat Allison, 63, is the manager and co-ordinator and his inspiring efforts are winning the support of an appreciative public.

He has already reached £300 of his £500 target and Andrew, who also has autism and learning difficulties, has made his parents Pat and dad Robert, 59, extra proud.

Pat said: “He was two months premature when he was born. They said he would never walk or talk.”

But he fought back and by the time he was a young man, Andrew had learned to get around. Then came a setback in 2010 when he suffered a serious illness which affected his mobility.

What he is doing is brilliant and he has everyone’s support

Pat Allison

Andrew fought back again and, even though he is still unsteady on his feet, he won’t let setbacks get in the way.

He began going to the Thornaby gym where his cousin Simon James Hunter is a personal trainer, to build up his mobility.

Andrew has spent the past five months building up strength, muscle endurance and his cardio-vascular threshold. And now, he’s ready to tackle his adapted triathlon with a team of backers behind him.

Pat added: “Although the tasks may be physically and mentally a lot harder and more challenging for someone with Andrew’s condition he always rises to the challenge and gives nothing less than 100 per cent.”

Pat Allison.

Pat Allison.

The Allison household support also includes Mikey Gatenby, 23, and Andrew’s brother Jamie Allison, 32, who will be roaring him on when he tackles the challenge at the David Lloyd Leisure Club, at the Tees Barrage, on Sunday, June 7.

Pat added: “We think that what he is doing is brilliant and he has everyone’s support. He is still unsteady on his feet but it is mind over matter.”

To support Andrew’s fundraising bid, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/andrewtriathlon, call in at the support group centre in Park Road, or the group’s website at www.hsnsg.org.uk