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Where there’s a well there’s a way
June 9, 2012Article by Ray Withers
Following on from my last blog post about the next fundraising event for the Frontiers Foundation’s Ngwezi B Water for Life project in Zambia, I wanted to bring you a quick update from today’s triathlon at Blenheim Palace.
Unfortunately due to prior commitments I wasn’t able to attend the race so team captain and fellow Frontiers Foundation trustee, Charlotte Ashton will be guest blogging this week. She says:
"It was an early start, especially for a Saturday morning, as we made our way from London to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire but the buzz of excitement in the air when we arrived soon put pay to any tiredness.
This was a big event in the triathlon calendar with thousands participating. Our team consisted of Niamh Sugrue, Digital Marketing Executive braving the 750m open water swimming leg, Stuart Cowie, Investment Consultant, tackling the 20km bike ride and me rounding things off with a 5km run.
Keen to get started, we made our way to the transition area to rack the bike and prepare for the race. At 11.40am sharp, Niamh kicked things off with a dip in the Blenheim Palace lake, leading from the front and achieving a superb time of 17 minutes. Changeover to Stuart was smooth and soon he was off, cycling 20km through the stunning palace grounds.
Even a flat tyre and loose chain couldn’t stop Stuart, ever the professional sportsman and in good time he’d made his way back to the transition area, tagging me to start the final leg, the 5km run. Aside from the hills which neither me nor my legs appreciated, it was a solid run completed in under 30 minutes giving us a total time of 1 hour 35 minutes – not bad for our first triathlon attempt!
Peeling themselves away from conversation with local celebrity Jeremy Clarkson who was watching the event, Niamh and Stuart joined me at the finish line to collect their medals and a commemorative photoshoot!
Reflecting on the race in the local pub with a well deserved pint, we all agreed what a challenging but enjoyable event it had been and pledged to up our game and complete a full super sprint triathlon each next year.
With over £200 raised for the Frontiers Foundation, we are one step closer to digging the borehole in Zambia – it just goes to show that where there’s a well, there’s a way!!
I just want to say a big thanks to Niamh and Stuart for taking part and being great sports. Their efforts today really made a difference and we are now so close to reaching our target.
It’s only a matter of days to go until Ray and I fly out to Zambia (at our own expense) so if you want to know more about the Ngwezi B Water for Life project or wish to show your support – CLICK HERE."