11:13 Wednesday 01 January 2014

Triathlon teacher raises funds with gruelling task

Written byROB SMYTH

A TEACHER from a Burton primary school donned running shoes, a swimming cap and got on his bike – all in aid of a good cause.

Matt Salisbury, a Year Six teacher at St Modwen’s Catholic Primary School, in Belvoir Road, took part in a triathlon with friend Rob Buckley in a bid to raise cash for Help for Heroes.

The popular teacher is also raising money as he aims to be part of the Burton Albion Community Trust team of volunteers taking part in a visit to Ghana next May.

He told The Mail: “The day didn’t exactly start well as I needed to repair a puncture.

“I was using the same bike I used to do my paper round on 10 years ago, which added an extra challenge.

“The most difficult section was the cycle back as we had little energy left. It was definitely the hardest physical challenge I have ever taken part in.

“Both me and Rob would like to thank everyone for their generosity in donating to the cause.

“The school community at St Modwen’s has been particularly supportive.”

The bike ride took the pair from Hatton to Thorpe, near Ashbourne.

The next stage was a run to the top of Thorpe Cloud, before biking to Ashbourne Leisure Centre, where they swam 50 lengths of the pool.

To finish, the duo faced the small matter of biking back home – against the wind.

The challenge was completed in four hours and 18 minutes and covered more than 30 miles.

Mr Salisbury added: It was the hardest physical challenge I have ever taken part in, so thank you for all donations so far.”

Matt himself has raised more than £500.

He is now putting all of his focus into raising more than £2,500 to help him fund his trip to Ghana with the Brewers’ community trust.

He said: “The team will be taking part in community projects providing education, sports coaching and building support in a deprived area of Africa.

“At the same time some of the funds raised will support the work of the trust in the Burton area.”

Anyone who would like to donate or find out more can visit http://www.justgiving.com/msalisbury

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