Joe Brayshaw is taking part in the Leeds Triathlon on Sunday in memory of his best friend Lewis Hilton who died of meningitis aged just 19. Lewis thought he had flu but died three days later which meant Joe didn't even have time to say goodbye to his best friend a keen rugby player. So now he is raising awareness of the deadly disesae in teenagers and also raising money for Meningitis Now. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

From Technician to Triathlete ​

Halifax Volkswagens wonderful technician Joe Brayshaw​ completed his first ever triathlon on June 10th in memory of his best friend Lewis, who sadly lost his life to Meningitis in January. 


Following the loss of his childhood friend, Joe Brayshaw, a technician at Halifax, felt compelled to complete the swim, cycle and run for the charity Meningitis Now to raise awareness and money for research into the disease.

Lewis Hilton sadly passed away at the beginning of this year when he lost his short battle with Meningitis. Lewis died just three days after first feeling unwell when he was struck with flu like symptoms.

Lewis rang me on the Thursday and said he wasn’t feeling too good and his dad had sent him home from work,” says Joe. “He thought he had flu as everyone seemed to have it.”

If I’d known the last time I saw him it was going to be the last time I could speak to him I would have made more of an effort to thank him for being such a good friend all throughout my childhood.”

This was Joe’s first triathlon, with him taking on a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike ride and a 10 km run. “I’ve never done a triathlon before and that’s exactly the reason I decided to do this one,” says Joe. “I wanted to do something both challenging and unknown to me.”

Joe completed this in an admirable 2 hours and 49 minutes, finishing an amazing 906 out of 5500. He is overwhelmed by all the support he's received and wants to make sure anybody affected by this awful disease knows there's support out there.

Speaking of the triathlon and Lewis's passing Joe said “Just because something so bad has happened doesn’t mean I can’t make an effort to bring some good out of it. At Lewis’s funeral the collection raised more than £1,000 and so I thought if I could do something we could raise even more.”

Lewis Hilton

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