Father and son team up for triathlon

A father will be embarking on a remarkable challenge alongside his son, to raise awareness and funds to support disabled people.

Former policeman Paul Connaughton will be tackling the Iron Man-style event, which consists of swimming 1.2miles, cycling 56 miles and finishing with a half marathon.

His son James, who has cerebral palsy, will be alongside him for every second of the challenge.

For the swimming section, the teenager will be towed in a dinghy, during the cycle route he will be travelling in an adapted trailer and for the final 13 mile run, Paul will be pushing his son in a special sports wheelchair.

The pair, from the North East, will be supported in their efforts by brothers Ryan and Callum Morris.

Paul said that he hoped the challenge would become an annual fundraising event.

“I want as many people as possible to engage with the challenge; to come and join me and James.

“We’re gaining real traction and the support is snowballing. I can’t wait to see where we are in a year’s time.”

James, now 15, had been diagnosed with hypertonic cerebral palsy with global development delay when he was an infant.

His father and mum Julie have been pushing for a number of years to improve the respite care on offer for those with disabilities.

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