Triathlon ef­forts to help hospice funds

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

MORE than 130 peo­ple took on the chal­lenge posed by a char­ity’s an­nual RAF Hal­ton Triathlon and Duathlon.

Rais­ing funds for Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care, the event at­tracted sea­soned triath­letes and some first­timers with its three race op­tions on July 31.

About 65 peo­ple chose the Mini Olympic dis­tance com­pris­ing a 600m swim, 34.5km cy­cle and 5km run, with 45 par­tic­i­pants opt­ing for the Su­per Sprint in­volv­ing a 300m swim, 23km cy­cle and 5km run, whilst 24 run­ners and cy­clists signed-up to the brand new Duathlon op­tion for 2016 which fea­tured a 5km run, 23km cy­cle and an­other 5km run.

Diane Weaver from Bled­low has taken part in five Ren­nie Grove RAF Triathlon events, switch­ing up from Su­per Sprint to Mini Olympic when the char­ity in­tro­duced the longer dis­tance a cou­ple of years ago.

She said: “I like this event be­cause it’s lo­cal and I re­ally like the cause. I’ve done a few fundrais­ing bits for them as well as their an­nual Triathlon. I’m train­ing to swim the chan­nel next year and I’ll raise spon­sor­ship for Ren­nie Grove then too.”

The di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing for Ren­nie Grove Ren­nie Grove hopes the RAF Triathlon and Duathlon will bring in £20,000 to­wards its spe­cial­ist nurs­ing ser­vice for pa­tients with life-lim­it­ing ill­ness.

Stoke Man­dev­ille Tri Club

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