Triathlon trio raise £400 for a group close to their hearts

The Hartlepool Triathlon was held at the Marina and Seaton Carew yesterday. The race gets underway with the swimming event.
The Hartlepool Triathlon was held at the Marina and Seaton Carew yesterday. The race gets underway with the swimming event.

A CHARITABLE trio braved a tough triathalon at a town’s marina to raise money for a special cause.

Lesley Watson, Jon Embleton and Phillip Purdy all put themselves forward for the Big Lime Triathlon which was held at Hartlepool’s Marina.

Forty-two-year-old hairdresser Lesley, police officer Jon, 38, and 30-year-old welder Phillip decided to put themselves to the test to raise charity cash for the Memory Lane Cafe, which is an Alzheimer’s group based at the Hospital of God, in Greatham Village, Hartlepool.

And their efforts were all worth it as the three-some raked in £400 for the cause.

Lesley, who lives in the Owton Manor area of town, contacted the Mail to tell readers about their achievement.

She said: “It was a hard challenge on the day but we all managed to do it.

“We felt really good afterwards and all three of us were so pleased that we managed to raise £400 for what we believe is a very worthy cause.”

She added: “ Not many people have heard of the group but it’s vital for people.

“We came across it because my aunty’s husband is suffering from Alzheimer’s.”

Lesley, Jon and Phillip, who lives in the Fens area of Hartlepool, each carried out a swim, a bike ride and a run for the event which was held on Sunday, September 22.

It was organised by Hartlepool Borough Council.

Once the charitable trio decided to take part in the event they took their commitment very seriously and started training.

Lesley said: “We started training about four months before the actual event so that we were well prepared and fit enough to make it round!

“It was our first one and we were really pleased with how we all did.

“We were buzzing afterwards.”

She added: “We’re up for doing it again next year definitely.

“It was really challenging so we’re still in training even now!”