Morrello's Para Triathlon 2018
On 28th September 2018, Patients at Morrello Clinic took part in a Para Triathlon Challenge. They trained for several months to take part in either one or more of the disciplines of:
- Run / Walk
Mostly using facilities in Morrello Clinic such as treadmills and exercise bikes, but also a swimming pool errected in the carpark and a 4 Mile cycle route through Langstone.
Take a look at some Para Triathlon profiles below
Together with support from staff, family and friends; the para triathletes raised £7428 for the Spinal Research and Parkinson's UK Charities.
Charlotte came in the news with BBC DIY SOS who helped to modifiy her house after she had a stroke during giving birth to her twins.
Initially Charlotte struggled with her walking and was confined to a wheelchair. At Morrello Clinic she has been working hard on her walking and recently completed a Walk for Life.
She completed a 5K walk on the treadmill in under one hour for the challenge.
After he became paralysed down one side of his body and his diagnosis of neurofibromatosis, Gwyn has only been improving! In the beginning of 2018, he managed to walk 100 metres with a frame for sport relief and in aid of raising awareness for men's mental health.
27 year old Gwyn has a big ambition and that is to walk again. He looks up to people from events like the paralympics and Invictus Games. He uses them as inspiration to work harder and achieve his goal.
Whilst practicing for the challenging para triathlon held here at the clinic, he told us that he wanted to take part in the team effort to complete the para triathlon in order to improve more and to get better at what he's already capable of. Especially after seeing all the other incredible athletes overcoming a range of diffuculties, he is more motivated and has more ambition to keep getting better.
At the Para Triathlon, he used sticks and not the frame he used before when raising funds for sports relief. Walking with sticks is making things a lot more complicated. He likes the fact that it challenges him mentally too.
He over achieved his aim of 100 meters walking with sticks for the para triathlon!
Gwyn's fundraising story will be part of a christmas special at BBC Wales on 28th December 2018
72 year old Ken Howard has been coping with his diagnosis of Parkinsons disease for the last five years. Although this has been a life altering change, Ken says that he won't let hid condition get the better of him; his life motto is "I have Parkinsons but it won't have me!"
The keen fundraiser will be participating in the clinic's 2018 para triathlon in hopes that it will raise even more awareness for Paarkinsons disease. This event will be added to Ken's list of already incredible fundraisers such as the tandem parachute jump he did in 2017 where he managed to raise over £1K.
He is a member of the Parkinsons research foundation, a non-profit organisation that funds Parkinsons research, education, advocacy and free services to those living with Parkinsons disease. He tells us that through being involved with this amazing organisation he hopes to help find a cure to help others.
Ken is keeping fit through coming to the clinic's weekly exercise group 'PD warriors', that aims to keep patients as fit as they can be, and he intends to use this as training for the para triathlon. He aims to do as much running and cycling as possible but intends to do a mile on the bicycle and a five mile run.
Jerry is 58 and has been adjusting to his diagnosis of Pakinsons disease for the last year. As he is a recent member of the PD warriors, having oly joined a month ago, he aims to test his limits at the clinic's para triathlon through doing as much running and cycling that he is capable of.
He tells us that the PD warrior programme has changed his outlook on his diagnosis and that it is very encouraging; he loves the staff and is motivated by being around others in the same position as him.
Since her diagnosis of Parkinsons 9 years ago, Anne has been looking for ways to keep fit and through coming to the clinics twice a week PD warrior programme, she has been able to achieve this.
She has been coming to the clinic for the last 2 years and is always improving! Additionally, she tells us that the camaraderie she feels through socialisding and exercising with the other PD warriors makes the experince of coming 10 times better.
In 2018, she will complete a walk and cycle in Morrello's Para-Triathlon to challenge herself physically as well as mentally.