Hackney man finds focus for London Triathlon after death of his mum

A man will take part in the London Triathalon this Sunday, in memory of his lost mother.

Olly Davy, 29, has found training for the running, swimming and cycling event a “fantastic coping mechanism” to help him deal with the grief of losing his mum Lesley to lung cancer.

“I was motivated to sign up for the London Triathlon before mum died, as a way to transmute some of the sadness into something positive and raise money for a fantastic cause,” said Olly, a fundraiser for the British Red Cross who lives in Tyssen Street.

“Her death has strengthened my resolve and given me focus like I have never known.

“I wouldn’t recommend loss as a desirable accompaniment to achieving your dreams, and there are many stages of emotion that different people experience at different times, but I am determined to give this triathlon the best of me and to make mum proud,” he added.

Olly has been writing a blog about his experience, at http://ollydavytriathlon.blogspot.co.uk/

To sponsor Olly go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ollydavy