Inspirational mum tackles tough triathlon

Gillian Castle tackled the Outlaw Half Nottingham.
Gillian Castle tackled the Outlaw Half Nottingham.

A mother-of-one who suffered a life-changing injury during the birth of her son, leaving her with irreversible damage, has completed a gruelling endurance challenge for charity.

Gillian Castle, from Alnwick, underwent a permanent colostomy as a result of complications during labour in 2011. She now needs to use colostomy bags.

But the determined 37-year-old has not let it hold her back and last weekend she completed the Outlaw Half Nottingham – a 1.2-mile open-water swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run.

She said: “I got cramp at 40 miles on the bike and just dug in from there. I managed to run all the way which I’m very pleased with.

“I finished in six hours and 49 minutes, which is fine by me, considering my cramps and about 20 toilet stops.”

Gillian tackled the event in aid of the Birth Trauma Association and has raised more than £3,000 so far.

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