Get the wetsuites on!!!
On a chilly, but sunny, morning in late September the Clarify crew of 9 (plus a couple of ringers) set about their gruelling Clarilympics Triathlon challenge in and around the Reading Lake Hotel’s Triathlon Centre (http://www.mysportingtimes.com/tri20-swim-centre.htm). The first challenge for most was getting the wetsuits on, Dan in particular struggled here and ended up having to put his on twice following a misunderstanding around whether the zip should be at the front or the back! Next there was a short briefing which made sure those that weren’t already nervous definitely were as the water was cold enough to cause thermal shock! Duly warned, we set about jumping in the lake and sure enough at 14degC it was cold enough for us all to question our sanity. After a little time acclimatising and a short swim out to the start point we were let loose on the 800m swimming challenge. Everyone made it back, though some with a little more help than others (thankfully Tri2O had ensured there was a kayak on hand), and it was time to get ready for the cycle.
On yer bike…
Breaking all records for the slowest triathlon transition (apart from James Bishop who was on a personal mission) we all then headed off on the bike ride. Dan and James Pickering set off at a blistering pace on the bikes, James making it back to base in under an hour. The rest made steady progress, Tara and Claire, Tash and Holly and David and Mel sticking together more or less all the way round. Rhydian and Audrick conspired to add a few kilometres to their ride distance through missing/misreading one of the signs that Tara had so carefully placed around the course the night before. In Rhydian’s case this triggered a mini search and rescue operation but thankfully he was found pretty quickly.
Putting our best feet forward
Once back everyone set off for the jog round the lake (2km) with some doing double the distance to make up for not swimming / stupid promises in return for sponsorship that they should have thought through before making… By the finish everyone was very tired but restored with some flapjacks and sandwiches from Dan’s mum and pleased with our efforts, we retired to home / the pub to nurse our bodies and tell our stories.
And all because…
Most importantly, all these efforts were not in vain! Those taking part raised a staggering £2,150 in just a few short weeks, money which will be put to great use by the Foundation in supporting its various efforts at home and abroad.
Congratulations to those that took part and thank you to all of you that have shown your support.