A Mansfield man who was not expected to reach his 40th birthday because of a life-threatening illness is determined to celebrate reaching the milestone in style – by completing a triathlon for charity.
Paul Allum, of Clipstone Avenue, has Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) and told to prepare for the worst after collapsing when running the line for the Chad Sunday League team he runs, the Bold Forrester.
He now takes a daily course of steroids to help limit the ill-effects that include migraines, numbness, dead legs, vision, slurred speech, mobility, balance and fatigue.
Paul knows a fatal relapse could be just around the corner, but hopes to raise at least £1,000 for the MS Society, which is leading the research into trying to find a cure for his condition.
The challenge will see the former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping apprentice swim 400m, cycle 20km and run 5km at the East Leake Sprint Triathlon this Sunday.
“My main motivation for doing this is to prove what is possible if you put your mind to it and to give something back to the people who have supported me during my illness,” said Paul, who turned 40 in February.
“I was challenged to do it by two friends who are competing in the race with me, Richard Candlin and Matthew Halfpenny, and it’s something I wanted to do if I made it this far, which I was not expected to do. Hopefully I can do everyone proud in this event. I’ve got no target time – all I want to do is get round!
“I’ve got friends and family coming to cheer me on, so that should give me a boost when I start to flag.”
To sponsor Paul in his challenge, go to: www.justgiving.com/Paul-Allum22