On Sunday 3rd September, over a hundred triathletes took on a brand new route in Hadleigh Park in Essex and helped raise vital funds for Havens Hospices.
This was the first off-road triathlon to be held at Hadleigh and surrounding areas. Competitors took on a 400m lake swim followed by a 10K cycle across the lovely Hadleigh Downs and finished with a 5k run over the famous Olympic mountain bike course.
First over the line was Mark Preece, X Tri Hub who completed the course in 58 minutes followed by Luke Gill, East Essex Tri Club and Matt Rivers who’s father Nick was also competing in the event. The first lady to cross the line was Amy Young and the first team to finish was Rickard Luckin Accountants - Darren Clarke, Lee Styles and Dean McCormick
Jane Hopkins, Events Fundraiser at Havens Hospices said
“The day couldn’t have gone any better and it was great to see so many local people not only taking part but lining the route to cheer the triathletes on.
“Every triathlete who has trained for this event and crossed that start line has helped our hospices to continue caring for local adults, children and families when they need it most, and with their help we are well on our way to our £20,000 fundraising target.”
“This event wouldn't have been possible without the support of so many local people and organisations. We'd like to thank all the volunteers who helped marshal the route, EDMS Medical Services and Rayleigh Air Cadets. Also a big thank you to Hadleigh Park for all their help in bringing this unique triathlon to Essex and providing the swim hats; Tri ‘n’ Swim Well for providing reduced rate wetsuit hire and Highlift Scaffolding for the transition unit. Thank you to both Andy Kenyon and Jon Wagstaff for coming along to take photos of the triathletes. And finally all the triathletes, their families and friends who cheer them on; together, we’re ‘Making every day count’.”