About the Event

The event comprises:

- Swim 750 m (in the cold water of Hartlepool Marina!)

- Cycle ~20 km (from Hartlepool Marina to Seaton Carew 3 times)

- Run 5 km (around the Marina)

I did the swim by myself with Benjamin supervising from the shore.

For the Cycle, we used our special tandem - a Hase Pino. I aspire to Benjamin helping with the pedalling, but he rarely does, unless I am trying to stay still and talk to someone!

For the run we used Benjamin's cross country wheelchair - an Advance Mobility Freedom chair.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

About Us

My son, Benjamin has quite a few challenges - he is autistic and has severe learning difficulties as well as physical issues such as coordination problems, epilepsy and very poor eyesight.
He can walk, but tires out easily, and might refuse to move if he thinks something in a different direction is more interesting, so we always take a wheelchair for him if we go anywhere in case he needs it.
Benjamin does not talk, but lets us know if he likes something by shouting excitedly.

I have fancied doing a sporting event with him for quite a while, because he likes going fast, but when he was less than 16 he was not allowed to enter half marathons etc. even in a wheelchair.   But now he is 16 we can think about entering something....  Best do it now before Benjamin gets too heavy, or I get too old!

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