Halifax woman marks 50th birthday countdown with three-year triathlon challenge

Date: 06 March 2020

A Halifax woman who learned to ride a bike at the age of 45 will mark the countdown to her 50th birthday by completing 50 triathlons for charity.

Tammy Hildred, a trade union caseworker, is aiming to raise £3,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research before she reaches her milestone birthday in July 2023.

Tammy was inspired to take part in her first triathlon after seeing a poster at her local pool for a challenge organised as part of British Triathlon’s GO TRI programme, which aims to attract more people into the sport.

The challenge, led by local coach Nick Hannah, involved six weeks of front crawl lessons, building up to a short triathlon event with the cycle leg taking place on a static bike. 
Tammy suffers from depression, but exercise helps her manage this. Although she’d taken part in running challenges in the past, Tammy was keen to try something new. 

Tammy runs with friend

She said: “I couldn’t ride a bike at that point, I was a dodgy runner at best and I couldn’t even put my face in the water when I started the swim lessons – but I completed the event with lots of support from Nick. 

“A couple of months later Nick approached me to ask if I’d considered doing a proper triathlon. So off I went to the council to enquire about adult cycling lessons and I learned to ride a bike. With Nick’s coaching and support, I completed the Skipton Sprint Triathlon in April last year.”

Following her success, Tammy is now planning to complete at least one triathlon in each of England’s 48 counties before she turns 50. 

She said: “I never dreamt I would ride a bike, let alone do a triathlon. It was the most scary and challenging thing I have ever done. I came last but it was a great experience and I became hooked. I’ve since had more coaching to improve my swimming, I have a local cycling coach and I try to go out for a run twice a week. I’m never going to be the kind of person who wins trophies, but I work hard and plan to keep at it.

“I wanted to do a longer-term challenge and raise money for local charity rather than one of the national ones. In recent years, two of my friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer. One of their husbands had prostate cancer at the same time, and the mother of my stepchildren also has cancer. I don’t know a single family that has not been affected by cancer in some way.”

To sponsor Tammy, please visit https://yorkshirecancer.everydayhero.com/uk/the-50-triathlon-challenge.

For more information about Yorkshire Cancer Research, visit www.ycr.org.uk/


Contact: Nikki Brady, Public Relations Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki@ycr.org.uk 

About Yorkshire Cancer Research

  • Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity. 
  • Current statistics show that 594 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
  • Our mission is for 2,000 more people to survive cancer every year in Yorkshire. 
  • There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials. 
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