Challenge12 - BananaMan Triathlon
Charli Napier - Rachel Lewis - Andy Connolly - Nita Patel - Mark Napier
Jo Fowler - Gayle Hannon - Duncan Spalding - Lee Gay - Gael Lewis
Liam Collins - Carrie Collins - Dan Whelan - Kathleen Ann Logue - Trish Donohoe - Stephen Troake - Kate Tod Forbes - Claire Pollack - Duncan Melvin
The Lidl Bananaman Triathalon shows our age as I will be looking out for Eric and wondering how fast he will run, cycle and swim once he has eaten his banana. It is a triathlon held at the Iconic Olympic venue of Dorney Lake and participants will be doing their version of the triathalon.
Our team plan to do a mix of the "whole banana" (800m Swim, 31.8km Bike, 7.5km Run) and a "Bunch of Bananas" relay, which is the same distances but is split between 3 people.
This way the event will challenge our fittest pals but also allow more people to be part of our team. There is also a pre event scootathlon for small people! The combination of lidl, sweaty and tired people, wetsuits, and bananas will surely mean that this is going to be a really cool challenge. The fact that we have never done a triathlon or even swum in a race ( I am not even sure my bike is working) is just part of the adventure!
Meningitis Now is such an important charity. Meningitis is the biggest killer of children under the age of 5 in the UK. Children and adults can contract it and the effects of the illness can either be fatal or can leave serious after effects, such as amputated limbs and brain damage. It is a horribly cruel illness and can kill in a matter of hours. Meningitis Now raises money to raise awareness of the vaccine that is available (but not yet available to all). They raise awareness of the symptoms of the illness so that people go to hospital before it is too late. But it also does amazing work with families who have been affected by Meningitis, such as providing long term counselling, support with education programmes, and advice about how to live with the after effects. We have heard how this charity has literally saved lives, not just those of people who contracted the illness, but also of grieving parents and survivors who have found it difficult to live after Meningitis.
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