A FATHER from East Haddon will be embarking on an epic triathlon for charity.
Peter Chandley will be taking on the gruelling Race to Midnight challenge which combines swimming, running and cycling.
He will begin the route with a two-mile swim in the Solent before coming ashore, running a kilometre, then doing a 90-mile cycle ride to Richmond Park in south west London before finishing with a 13-mile run by the Thames.
He is raising money for Sheffield-based charity Support Dogs, which provided a dog for his son who has autism.
Grant, the black labrador, helps nine-year-old Adam with the condition.
Mr Chandley has taken part in marathons before, but this is the first time he has ever taken on this challenge.
He said: “There are a lot of people talking about the time they will do the challenge in, I’d just be happy if I finished.
“I am quite a good runner but it is the swimming part I am not looking forward to. I can swim a bit but I have had to do a lot of training.
“It is going to be a tough challenge. I am quite nervous, but also excited. I will definitely be out of my comfort zone doing this.”
The dog has made a big difference to the life of the Chandley family.
Mr Chandley said: “The biggest change is that he enables us to go out as a family. Grant prevents Adam from bolting, keeps him calm, keeps him company and lays with him if he is distressed or anxious.
“This has improved Adam’s self-esteem dramatically.
“It has resulted in huge developments with his speech, reading, writing and confidence. At home Grant sleeps with Adam, meaning Adam stays in his own bed at night rather than wandering around or coming in to us.”
He hopes to raise £3,000 and will do the challenge on Saturday, July 21. To sponsor Mr Chandley, visit www.justgiving.com/Peter-Chandley0.