Father Ivan prepares to take part in a gruelling duathlon challenge

Ivan Hollingsworth, with his wife Nadine and son Seb, who will be taking part in a duathlon in aid of CHUF.
Ivan Hollingsworth, with his wife Nadine and son Seb, who will be taking part in a duathlon in aid of CHUF.
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A Whitley Bay father is gearing up to take part in another gruelling challenge for charity.

Ivan Hollingsworth, who has raised more than £300,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), will be among those taking part in a 200km charity duathlon.

On behalf of CHUF, I’d like to humbly thank Martin and all others who are attempting any part of this challenge.

Ivan Hollingsworth

Ivan, whose son Seb was saved by doctors at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle as a baby following heart surgery, will take part in four 50km loops around County Durham on Saturday.

The course will consist of 40km cycling followed by 10km running.

Ivan will be joined in the challenge by Martin Wilson, a director at Framwellgate Moor-based Tin Arts, who also completed the course last year.

Martin said: “I remain eternally grateful to those who supported me on the course 12 months ago, as well as those who gave so generously to a fantastic charity. It made it all worthwhile last year.

“I hope we’ll be able to raise even more this time around. We have more people intent on finishing the entire course, as well as taking part at various stages throughout the day, so I hope the extra entrants will give us all added incentive.

“The pain I’m sure we’ll all feel at one point or another is minor compared to the fight hundreds of critically ill babies and children go through on the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital.”

Ivan, a CHUF parent trustee, said: “On behalf of CHUF, I’d like to humbly thank Martin and all others who are attempting any part of this challenge.

“Martin has planned what is a tortuous, hilly and exposed route and nobody is under any illusion that continuously cycling and running for 12 hours is an incredibly tough task.

“We hope people can support in whatever way they can.”

Those wishing to donate can text ‘CHUF99 £(+amount)’ to 70070.