March 1, 2004
A BALDERSBY woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis is battling against all the odds to take part in the Weardale Triathlon on June 6 – and is calling on the general public to back her bid.
Jo Addyman, who was diagnosed with the disease last November, has been training for up to five hours a week in readiness for the competition which will include a 750m swim, 25km bike ride and a 5km run.
And despite the debilitating disease, she is hoping to raise funds for the MS trust by completing the race.
"I want to do my bit for as long as I can," she said.
"I'm actively encouraged to exercise and it's great to do what I've always done – but I'm more determined than ever to do it."
Addyman, who has raised over £500 so far, is using the race as preparation for the Yorkshire Dales Triathlon later in the year; but with a demanding run at the end of Weardale race she feels endurance will be the key to the event.
"The run is very hilly," she added.
"But although I can swim and bike to a reasonable standard, I find the running more difficult."
Addyman, who works at Harrogate Hospital, is determined to complete
her second Weardale Triathlon and anyone who is interested in backing her
cause can do so by logging on to www.justgiving.com/weardaletriathlon
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