A SALON owner who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease has taken on a triathlon to raise money to research the condition.
Adrian Court, who owns Hair Management in Warwick, was diagnosed with the neurological disease last year and since then decided to raise as much as possible for support and research charity Parkinson’s UK.
The 50 year-old, along with wife Ruth and sister-in-law Jo decided to tackle the Duchenne Triathlon in Berkshire – forming a relay team to take on the 34 mile course.
And the delighted dad-of-two raised an impressive £3,000 for the charity.
Adrian said: “Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s was a huge shock. It’s meant that I’ve had to really look at what life will be like with the disease.
“After doing some research and finding that physical exercise plays a big part in slowing down the debilitating effects, I took up T’ai Chi to help with my strength and balance. Recently, I’ve been cycling too and from this we decided to form a relay team to take on the triathlon.”
The team of three formed a relay to tackle separate parts of the triathlon, with Joanne taking on the swim section, Adrian cycling and then Ruth running the last part of the route.
Adrian added: “It was great to be at an event where it was open to all abilities as it meant we felt more confident we could do quite well.
“After the race it was great to realise the training we’d put in had paid off – we have been overwhelmed by the support from friends and family and the support from customers in the salon.”