Disability ‘will not stop’ Weston triathlete

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 June 2016

Graham and his team taking on the triathlon.

Graham and his team taking on the triathlon.

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A Weston man took on a gruelling triathlon to raise funds for a disablity charity, despite having spent most of his life in a wheelchair.

Graham Thomas, 39, has spina bifida which causes the spine not to grow properly and hydro celphus shunt, which drains blood from the brain.

However, Graham was determined this would be no barrier to his charity fundraising efforts.

Graham completed a 400m canoe swim, a 21.2km wheelchair cycle and a 5km wheelchair push in Eton Dorney in Buckinghamshire in two hours and 24 minutes alongside fellow fundraisers Dave Isaacs and Anne Page from Weston and Louise Harris from Devon.

This was all in aid of Weston-based charity In-2-Biking, which provides cycle sessions for people with disabilities.

Graham is hoping to raise £3,000 so it can buy a specially-adapted hand cycle for children.

He said: “This triathlon is a huge challenge for me. Those who know me and my history will know it really is a challenge.

“Even though I am in a wheelchair, this does not stop me from helping In2Biking Inclusive Cycling where possible.”

To sponsor Graham, visit www.my.give.net/In2Biking

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