Matthew, 11, smashes triathlon
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
●● Matthew Christopherson with his dad Richard