Louth couple draw inspiration for triple triathlon tribulation

Mags and Sean Hutchings of Louth are lacing up for three charity triathlons.
Mags and Sean Hutchings of Louth are lacing up for three charity triathlons.

A Louth couple are set to take on not one, not two, but three triathlons after being inspired by two friends who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.

Last year they raised £700 by taking on the Woodall Spa Triathlon having been inspired by their friend Brian Steel.

However this year the couple have drawn extra inspiration from Ann Hunter, a resident at Stewton House Nursing Home where Mags works, another MS sufferer who Mags said has forced her to ‘up her game’.

“MS is close to our hearts, Ann and Brian make me see that my little problems in life are nothing compared to theirs and both of them are true inspirations and worth every mile we run or cycle,” she said.

Mags and Sean, a driver at Jackson’s Building Centre in Louth, are training for the challenge with the newly formed Louth Triathlon Club as well as the Louth Athletic Club.

Each event consists of a 400 metre swim, a bike ride of between 15 and 20 miles and a three mile run.

Their original challenge was tackled in honour of Brian Steel, who Mags said was a great help to her when she moved to the area from Germany.

“When I came to UK after 17 years in the army community with my husband, Brian helped me to find my feet and gave me a helping hand,” she said.

“Brian is the best example that MS doesn’t need to destroy your life,” she continued. “He is determined that it is not getting in his way.”

“After I met Ann I had no choice than to do the triathlon again, but knew we needed to up our game and that is why were are doing three triathlons.”

Last year the fundraising received a substancial boost from Jane Rylands-Bolton’s Slimming World group in Louth, which Mags is a member of.

But this year they are hoping to raise even more for the cause, and are counting on the support of the community to help them achieve it.

They can be sponsored online by clicking here or via sponsor forms at Stewton House or Jackson’s Builders on the industrial estate.