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How do you celebrate your 65th birthday? With a glass of wine, a trip abroad or a Caribbean cruise?
Not if you’re Sheila Henshaw – Community Foster Care’s intrepid Office Manager.
The mother of two grown-up children and grandmother of twins is undertaking her first triathlon on September 9.
She has pledged to run 5k, swim 400 metres and cycle 12 miles.
Her aim: to finish – and to raise money for Meningitis Now in memory of her sister Cath Woods who died of meningitis in 2012, aged 61.
It was her son Paul who gave her the idea of marking her 65th birthday with something different.
“He suggested a skydive in Botswana where he works,” said Sheila. “There’s no way I wanted to do that – I’m scared of heights. But I thought I can run, I can swim and I can ride a bike so why not try a triathlon? I’m not competing with the Brownlee brothers but I can finish. Maybe I need my head examined!”
Running with Sheila will be daughter Lucy Robertson, 35, who has been her regular running companion in many a 10k race. Sheila also runs regularly with Revolution Running in Leyland.
Sheila is sure that her sister Cath would have approved. “She would have been coming with us – she was really sporty,” she said.
Anyone who wants to sponsor Sheila and Lucy can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sheila-henshaw1.