Matthew, 11, smashes triathlon

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

AN 11-year-old boy has raised more than £400 by com­plet­ing a triathlon.

Matthew Christo­pher­son raised £420 by tak­ing on a 10K run, a 10-mile cy­cle and 10 lengths of a swim­ming pool for the North West Air Am­bu­lance char­ity.

The Tyther­ing­ton School pupil, who lives with par­ents Deb­bie and Richard and sis­ter Emily, 17, on Hill­crest Road in Bolling­ton, wanted to thank the char­ity for help­ing the vic­tims of the Bosley mill explosion in July

Mum Deb­bie said: “I’m so proud of him. It was all Matthew’s idea. He is very kind and car­ing and very sporty.

“He is quite shy though and hasn’t even told his school friends.”

She added: “Matthew chose the North West Air Am­bu­lance to raise money for as he felt they don’t get enough recog­ni­tion for the great work they do.”

The de­ter­mined young­ster, whose un­cle is a para­medic, trained for three months be­fore the event.

He was joined by dad Richard and his sis­ter Emily’s boyfriend, Dar­ren Smith, on the run­ning part of his two-and-a-half hour chal­lenge from the leisure cen­tre along the canal to Bux­ton Road Bridge.

Richard also joined him on the cy­cle from the leisure cen­tre to Lyme Green.

Deb­bie said: “He was really keen to carry on af­ter the run.

“He found the cy­cling the hard­est – the next day his legs really ached, but what­ever the weather, he would’ve done it.

“Once he sets his mind on some­thing that’s it.”

Matthew was wel­comed home to cheers and clap­ping from an as­sem­bled group of fam­ily and friends.

Mum Deb­bie said: “He threw his arms up in the air.

“He was so pleased with him­self.”

She laughed: “He was very hun­gry too!”

Rais­ing money for good causes runs in the fam­ily, with mum Deb­bie hav­ing com­pleted East Cheshire Hospice’s an­nual Mid­night Walk.

Alexan­der Gitlin and (left) at the re­mem­brance ser­vice

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●● Matthew Christo­pher­son with his dad Richard

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