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Rocco and Jack hit the LA Triathlon!

Fundraising for Nordoff Robbins (UK)

81 %
raised of £4,000 target
by 82 supporters
  • Team members: Rocco Gardner + Jack Brockway
  • Event: LA Triathlon

Nordoff Robbins (UK)

We use music therapy to change the lives of vulnerable people

Charity Registration No. 280960



Thanks to everyone who supported us - we made it!

Following a grueling big wave 1.5k swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run (with the biggest hill in the middle you ever saw - Jack came in at a great 2hrs32mins and Rocco at a first timer's 3hrs18mins!)

There was blood, sweat and tears - along with tales of skydiving 24 hours before, Jack breaking all his personal records and Rocco keeping closely behind the man (2 mins on the swim and 6 on the bike) - whilst managing to do the entire cycle leg with his back brake on (that is not an excuse ed.!)

Jack took the £50 quid in a form of a massage from Julie at the hotel - Rocco plans to take this back before Christmas!

A big thank you to EVERYONE who got behind us - including our team mates in LA - Mike, Charles and Kevin - along with Simon, Jordan, Asia, Janine, Tyler and head of cheerleading and leaping in the air - Vika! Thank you also to the Chateau Marmont and Keilana for taking care of us, as always.

Our biggest thanks goes to everyone who visited and made a donation - we are really grateful and proud to have been able to represent Nordoff Robbins - we raised just over £3K which we'll be sending off to them at the end of the week (in case anyone else plans to visit the site now that we've finished!)

..... and now, without further ado and a mere wink to the Hollywood acceptance speech, we'll leave you with some pics and the orchestra.....

Rocco + Jack

Thanks for visiting our fundraising page!!

So why did this all start - it only seems fair that as there are two of us doing this that Jack gives you his side of the story also, here's mine...

Why did it all start?

I'm asking myself the same question! - well Brockway decided to bet me £50 that he'd kick my ass in the LA Olympic Triathlon - so I, being someone who likes a challenge - decided I would take my 4k, twice a week run, tied in with the odd pilates class - and train towards:

SWIM 1.5K (0.93miles)
CYCLE 40K (24.8 miles)
RUN 10K (6.8 miles)

Now, before you get worried - the training's being going well so far.... we're just under a month away, and provided we fly Virgin Upper Class (how's that for a plug?!) - there's a good chance Brockway will be watching my tush all the way to the finish line!!! - yee ha!!! - now, for his explanation.

"Sitting in the pub one glorious British afternoon, I noticed that my brother-from-another-mother (aka Roland/Rocco/roxstafairian) was looking a bit pale and un-fit... We were talking about a triathlon I was about to do and so I steered the conversation towards the fact that there was no way in hell that he could ever complete one (let alone beat me), in the hope that he would take up the challenge. This was about three months ago and since then the big man has been in the gym, in the pool and in the park, clad in lycra (yes, very skin tight and shiny), sweating his little socks off!!! I, on the other hand have broken a rib and am not looking half the athlete I was! That £50 is up for grabs....

Rocco has convinced me entirely (it wasn't hard) that this charity we are raising money for, is a spectacular cause. It really is worth donating every penny/cent you can.

Enjoy the spectacle that is Rocco and Jack and if you can join us in LA on the 7th September, please do as we will be celebrating my victory well into the morning.... ;-)"

So, we're doing this Triathlon for our good friends at Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy - for those of you who are not in the music industry, Nordoff-Robbins is a grat charity that helps people with their difficulties via musical therapy - teaching people how to get in touch with their musical side!

Donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It's also the most efficient way to sponsor us: Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre gets your money faster and, if you're a UK taxpayer, Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid, plus a 3% supplement, are added to anything you send our way!

So please sponsor us now!

For anyone on Facebook please drop us a line or join up to our event online at

For those in LA, we're going to have a party at the Chateau Marmont on Sunday night..... so get your pom poms out, Vika's in charge of the supporters!.... see you all soon!!

R+ J X

For more info on Nordoff Robbins please visit