Wheelchairing the Brighton Marathon
Petersfield Round Table Members Andy Guest and Olly Coulson set their sights on the Brighton Marathon to raise funds for Treloar’s College, when 30 year old Olly Coulson decided to get involved with the Petersfield Roundtable, he thought it would be a nice way to meet new people and give support to the local community. Little did he think that 18 months later he would be partnering up with fellow Round Tabler Andy Guest for the challenge of a lifetime.
On 12th April 2015, Andy pushed Olly most of the way around the Brighton Marathon route in a wheelchair to raise money for Treloar’s.
Olly has a right hemiparesis caused by a head injury, which means that the right side of his body has limited movement and although he can walk, he can’t walk far and needs a wheelchair for longer distances. He was a student at Treloar’s from 1999 to 2005. Given his disability, he always thought a marathon would be beyond him. But Andy had other ideas!
Last year Andy ran seven marathons so “wheelchairing” the Brighton Marathon felt like an achievable challenge: “I completed the Prudential Ride 100 for Treloar’s last year,” Andy said, “which was about the time I first met Olly. We became friends and he told me how he wanted to complete a marathon but couldn’t walk or run the 26 miles. I slept on it and then offered to push him in his wheelchair and we decided together that we had to do it for Treloar’s”. Training was a bit of an issue as Andy hurt his ankle in September which restricted the amount of time he could train, however despite this he managed to complete with Olly in a fantastic time of 6:42:12 on one of the hottest days of the year so far!
The Petersfield Pair have smashed their fundraising target of £500.00 for Treloar’s managing to raise £5,000.000 so far!
Donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/petersfieldtreloars or texting “BTON15 £5” to 70070 to donate £5 to the Treloar Trust (JustTextGiving is provided by Vodafone).
Treloar School and College is a non-maintained special school and college for disabled children and young people aged from 2 to 25 based at Holybourne near Alton, Hampshire for Treloar’s