Iron challenge for teacher

Theresa Raynor, running the Silverstone half marathon
Theresa Raynor, running the Silverstone half marathon
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A St Helens teacher who was training for a triathlon in aid of a charity for teenagers who have cancer said she won’t let her broken wrist deter her from raising money.

Theresa Rayner, a science teacher at Hope Academy High School in Newton-le-Willows, was all set for the Half Ironman Challenge in Staffordshire on June 12 when she fell off her bike during training at the weekend.

Instead she will allow her bones to heal and enter another challenge later in the year, with all sponsorship funds going towards Teenage Cancer Trust.

She said: “I cried when the doctor told me I have broken my wrist. It will be in plaster for at least eight weeks.

“I am gutted but I won’t give up. I will look for another race to enter or enter the Half Ironman Challenge next year.

“As a teacher I want to help teenagers and the cause appealed to me.

“I have done a couple of triathlons before and so thought it was be a good idea to do another one.

“I watched my husband, Owen, compete in a triathlon in 2013 and I decided I could also do one, so I entered one in Salford the following year.

“I enjoy doing them as they are inclusive. Some competitors are athletes, whilst others are doing it for fun.

“I like swimming the most. But it has been very cold this year so training in Pennington Flash has not been very inviting.

“I am starting to panic as it draws near.”

Theresa, who has three children and two step children, added she is a member of St Richard’s Church in Atherton.

She said: “I have had a lot of support from people there and we have organised fund-raising events at my school, such as cake sales.

“I hope to raise £2,000 and I am 90 per cent of the way there.”

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