On Sunday 3rd September, triathletes will have the chance to take on a brand new off-road triathlon in Hadleigh Park organised by and in aid of Havens Hospices.
Competitors will take on a 400m lake swim followed by a 10K cycle across the lovely Hadleigh Downs and finishing with 5k run over the famous Olympic mountain bike course. Individual triathletes, triathlon clubs and groups or teams are all encouraged to take part.
Colleagues Jane Elgar, Jessica Merriam and Joshua Butt from Browns Solicitors Billericay have decided to take on the challenge together to raise money for Havens Hospices. The firm have been supporting the charity for the past 3 years and have organised one big challenge in aid of Havens every year including a nine hour dancethon, but this year three of the team decided to join the hospices for their debut triathlon event.
Jane Elgar, Director at Browns Solicitors said
“I’m a member of the Billericay Striders and have done a couple of triathlons before, although never one that involved an open water swim; so when Jessica and Josh mentioned the off-road triathlon I thought why not. It is also a fantastic opportunity for us to do something really rewarding together as a team; it has been a bit tricky to train together as much as we would like, but I know on the day we will encourage and help one another round that course.
“Over the past couple of years we’ve put on some fantastic events to raise money and my fellow director Jane has donated her time and fees to Havens Hospices during Wills Month as well as giving talks to staff, patients and families at Havens. To both of us it just makes sense to fundraise for Havens; it is local to the firm so there is a stronger connection than if we supported a national charity. Also when we both visited and toured Little Havens it became very clear to us that we had to fundraise for them, it is just fantastic and has the most wonderful atmosphere.
“The care and support Havens provide to families across Essex is completely free of charge, which means they need to raise an awful lot of money, over £100,000 a week. We’re very happy that we’ve been able to help and have raised in excess of £3000 for the hospices over the past couple of years. The triathlon is going to be toughest physically of all our challenges, but I know we’re all going to conquer the course as a team and I’m hopeful that we can bring our fundraising total closer to £4000 for Havens Hospices”
Jessica Merriam, Legal Assistant at Browns Solicitors said,
“I went along with Jane to a networking event and met Emma Hamilton from Havens Hospices who told me about the triathlon. Josh suggested Jane and I signed up and I said to him if I was doing it so was he and that was it; I don’t even think we gave Jane a choice, although we knew she’d be up for it as she is the sportiest.
“Everyone at Browns is proud of us and many of our colleagues are going to come along on the day to cheer us on. I’ve not really been active since PE at school so I’m definitely a little apprehensive about the event, but I’ve been training hard and everyone’s positivity and knowing that we are going to be raising money for such a wonderful charity is really buoying me up.”
Jane Hopkins, Events Fundraiser at Havens Hospices explains
“Havens Hospices can only exist because of the kindness of our supporters and fundraisers like Browns Solicitors. By taking part in September every triathlete will be helping another adult or child living with a serious illness be as pain fee and comfortable as possible. They will truly be helping us be there for as long as we’re need and continue to fulfil our promise of ‘Making every day count’ for hundreds of families across Essex.”
You can complete the course either as an individual, as part of a group like Browns Solicitors or as a team of three. Registration is now open and details can be found here.