VIDEO: Lancaster triathlon is huge success for Headway group

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Gym-goers, supporters and members took part in a triathlon to raise vital funds for a group who support people with brain injuries.

Members from Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay have been training for eight weeks at 3-1-5 gym, on Caton Road, Lancaster.

Warren Veale during his swim for Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay support group triathlon at the 3-1-5 Health Club on Mannin Way in Lancaster.

Warren Veale during his swim for Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay support group triathlon at the 3-1-5 Health Club on Mannin Way in Lancaster.

In last week’s Guardian we reported on Warren Veale who is now walking again after a motorbike accident left him in a coma in 2005.

He took part in the triathlon with wife, Molly and other Headway members.

Funds are still coming in for the group but so far the triathlon has raised £1,677.

Lynne Moran, 49, leader of the Lancaster Headway group is delighted so many people took part in the triathlon on November 8-9.

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay support group triathlon at the 3-1-5 Health Club on Mannin Way in Lancaster

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay support group triathlon at the 3-1-5 Health Club on Mannin Way in Lancaster

Mrs Moran said: “I had the idea to do this and I am delighted everybody has ran with it and took it on. 3-1-5 gym have been brilliant.

“We want people to know about us before they need us.”

Crowds lined the pool at the gym to see Warren complete his lap, something he struggled to perfect during his training.

Mrs Veale said: “Warren really wanted to do very well but he wasn’t prepared for the noise, but apart from that it was very good.

Karren Dunne during her swim

Karren Dunne during her swim

“Everyone has put in 100 per cent effort, it was a good community spirit.”

The team took it in turns to take part in swimming, cycling and running for the triathlon.

Gym members turned up on Sunday to also take part and raise money for Headway.

Louise Thorton, commercial manager at 3-1-5, said: “This is what we want to be doing, we want to help everyone and anyone, it doesn’t have to be people who just want to work out on a regular basis.

“Warren is amazing, just to get out of his wheelchair onto a treadmill is incredible. The whole group is amazing.”

Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire David Cam handed out certificates and medals to the fundraisers.

Mother and daughter, Sue and Leanne Walker took part in the triathlon and are amazed to see so many people support the group.

Sue Walker said: “This has definitely raised the profile of the group, it has been wonderful.

“Leanne has really got into the group, she is very determined.”

KJ, an instructor at 3-1-5 gym said: “Me and Louise have had tears in our eyes when we have been training them.

“Seeing all the families and friends with a smile on their faces is just amazing.”