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    Weʼve raised £480 to , as a Triathlon first timer, to raise money for arts and crafts materials for Reception classes at Queens Park Primary School

    Funded on Tuesday, 4th January 2022

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    Please support me in my completely crazy and ridiculous aim to raise some money by taking part in the Blenheim Triathlon.

    I've not done any exercise since before my children were born (more than 7 years) and I'm very fat and unfit and rather old. So I need your help and support as it's incredibly motivating to know that your sponsorship will help a good cause (while making it impossible for me to quit).

    I'm raising money for Queens Park Primary's discretionary resource money for arts and crafts, with reception classes in mind, but also for other years as appropriate and subject to what is raised.

    Over the last few years my four children have been at nursery and then primary school in Queens Park. I was a governor for a few years at their nursery, and have seen there, and at Queens Park Primary just how hard the teaching staff have worked to support the children. With tight budgets and the challenges of Covid they have delivered the curriculum but also lots of extra learning through arts and crafts, and other projects that give the children free rein to be creative and imaginative, hands on with practical projects, to work in teams together, and to get messy and have lots of fun.

    To do this, the teachers always need lots of resources and materials, from paint and paper, to bottle tops and glue, and other specially purchased craft materials. I'd like to use any sponsorship people support me with to pay into this fund at Queens Park Primary to help them in the year to come.

    To raise this money I am taking part in the Triathlon at Blenheim Palace on 11th September 2021. Crazy I know, what was I thinking.

    I will be doing the SuperSprint which involves a 400 metre open-water swim, a 13.3 km bike ride and 2.9 km run. I will be training along with an amazing 200+ people from across the Kensal Rise community. Together we are supporting more than 25 local charities.

    Please sponsor me and Queens Park Primary via this page!

    More stories from the 200-strong Kensal Tri Team can be found here:

    This video is from 2020 but it shows some of this year's participants - we are all ages and backgrounds, and raising money in 2021 for a huge amount of charities.

    My training so far:

    I have been swimming around 500m in lengths at the pool with a bit of lake and open air swimming, but I struggle with front crawl. So if I do lots of breast stroke and back stroke when I get tired of crawl, I should get round...very slowly.

    I have been on my actual bike twice since training for the triathlon but each time doing about 20k - it's been slow but ok. Plus I've been doing 13k regularly on an exercise bike.

    I have been doing Couch to 5K since June, and can run 3k on a running machine but still struggle with running outdoors. So it'll be a tough finish.

    I may finish last but I want to finish and your sponsorship will help to motivate me, thanks so much.




    • Helen Civil3 years ago
      Helen Civil

      Helen Civil

      3 years ago

      Update 6 - So I did run the final stretch to the finish line, and it was exciting to hear my name called out. Then I collected a medal and T-shirt, and went to find my family. I really enjoyed training and meeting a great group of people.The Kensal Tri team of nearly 200 raised over 105k for 25 charities, schools and other causes in our local area. Personally, I'll keep on open water swimming as I love it, and I'll try cycling to the office again. Running? Meh! I'll aim for my goal of 5k Parkrun with the kids. THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE XXXX

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    • Helen Civil3 years ago
      Helen Civil

      Helen Civil

      3 years ago

      Update 5 - I whizzed past Aden and the boys and shouted 'one more lap' and was gone. Getting back to transition, legs like jelly as I got off the bike. Ate more biscuits, drank lots of water. Then set off to walk/run the 3k final section. Honestly, I walked most of it - fast walking - but found my running quickly slowed to such a slow pace, I was faster walking. Not an excuse I know but clearly the thing I need to work on the most despite doing Couch to 5k. Contrasting with the ok bike section where I had only done 2 bike rides before the race.

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    • Helen Civil3 years ago
      Helen Civil

      Helen Civil

      3 years ago

      Update 4 A 400m swim - alternating breast stroke (which I'm fast at) and front crawl (which I'm slow at to keep to a rhythm of breathing for a decent length). I really enjoyed it and could have done more. I jog walked the long transition back to the bike, ate some biscuits then set off on two laps of a hilly Blenheim - 13k. A tough first lap - I drank an energy gel en route and stopped for a few seconds to put it back in my bag as just could not do the bag up with one hand. Some slow hills up, and some fantastic whooshing downhill roads too.

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    • bagsoflove + Daniels + Hampstead Tri Club

      bagsoflove + Daniels + Hampstead Tri Club

      Sep 28, 2021

      Well done Helen! This is sponsorship money from Daniels Estate Agents, bagsoflove and Hampstead Tri Club for Merchant Taylor, the t-shirt and Brick session!


    • Alan Mathers

      Alan Mathers

      Sep 19, 2021

      Well done!


    • Gary and Mandy

      Gary and Mandy

      Sep 18, 2021

      Well done Helen! Great cause! Xx


    • Jackie Waldock

      Jackie Waldock

      Sep 14, 2021

      Huge congratulations Helen, not all heroes wear capes!! jx


    • Vanessa


      Sep 12, 2021

      Good luck Helen, you’ll smash it today. Big hugs.


    • Di and Russ

      Di and Russ

      Sep 10, 2021

      Woop woop - good luck Hel - go girl !


    • Nick


      Sep 10, 2021

      Good luck Helen, only 3 years to the next Olympics.


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    Generally mostly sensible middle-aged woman with four primary age children. For some reason, she thinks that doing a triathlon will motivate her to get fit enough to keep up. BUT she is keen to raise money while doing so. Crazy idea? Absolutely. Needs your support? Definitely.

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