Woman completes special triathlon to raise charity funds

Charlotte pictured with the hard earned cash she has donated to Hospice Care North Northumberland.
Charlotte pictured with the hard earned cash she has donated to Hospice Care North Northumberland.

What began as a push to lose a few pounds ended with a Northumberland woman completing a special triathlon and raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

Chralotte Woodcock, from Netherwitton, completed the Great North Swim, the Great North Bike Ride and the Great North Run – two of them in personal best times – collecting more than £1,200 for HospiceCare North Northumberland.

And after handing over the money to hospice manager Sue Gilbertson, who said it was a ‘fantastic acheivement’, Charlotte said: “I am now planning to do a proper Olympic-distance triathlon and maybe, eventually, even take on an Ironman challenge.”

Peter Slee, chairman of HospiceCare North Northumberland, said: “Charlotte’s achievement is nothing short of remarkable and we are very grateful for the support she has given us.

“We need to raise £1,250 every working day to keep our services going, so donations like this are vital.”

The 29-year-old began her quest by joining Tri-Northumbnerland and turning up for a 13-mile time trial cycle ride with a 10-year-old bike.

She then began taking part in the open water swimming sessions the club stages near the Woodhorn Museum before taking up distance running to build up stamina.

The swim, two miles in Windermere, was first and despite poor weather – it was delayed by a day due to June storms – Charlotte finished in one hour 11 minutes, her best over the distance. Then came the 57-mile bike ride in August and a time of just over four hours. Finally, last month, it was the Great North Run and another personal best of two hours 23 minutes.