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Rebecca Barlow

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Fundraising for Bliss

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  • Team members: Oliver Barlow, Simon Gerrard
  • Event: Alpe d'Huez Triathlon, 23 Jul 2010


We help premature and sick babies in the UK to give every baby the best possible future

Charity Registration No. 1002973, Registered Scottish Charity SC040878


So why are we doing this crazy challenge?

In August last year my brother Tom and his wife Anne lost their baby. Isabelle was a beautiful baby girl who was born after only 24 weeks. Sadly she only brightened our lives for 24 hours but in that time she gave us all so much joy and love. It was wonderful to see someone so small receive such amazing care. I really hope by doing this challenge, and with your support, I can raise money to help little ones like Isabelle get the treatment and support they need to give them a helping hand to survive. 

 What is the challenge?

The Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, in the South of France, consists of a 1.2KM swim, a 30KM bike challenge, and a 7.3KM run.

 Lac Verney’s icy waters are the starting point for the swim. The water will be a chilly 15°c, choppy with a slight current - I have sewn my 5 metre badge onto my wetsuit for good luck!

 After a quick transition the hard work really begins with the ascent of the infamous Alpe d’Huez. The mountain is regularly ridden as part of the Tour de France. The peak is a relentless 13.8KM climb to 6,100 feet with an average gradient of 8.1% (with some sections at 14%). With the oxygen thinning at this altitude, it will be an epic.

When we reach the top, there is just the small matter of a 7.3KM run in the thin air and baking mid summer heat.


It would be amazing if you could give as much as possible. Thank you.


  • Isabelle +4