We are a bunch of guys who all work near to the Manchester Arena. Manchester is an amazing city and we feel moved to support the families and friends of anyone who may have been injured or lost their lives in the tragic bombing on 22nd May.
This triathlon event is made up of an 800m swim (in Salford Quays!), a 20 km bike ride and a 5km run.
Our plan is simple – swim, bike and run as hard as we possibly can to get through this gruelling event. The team are made up of corporate animals, used to white collar clashes in woollen suits, not open-water splashes in wetsuits!
Here is the team breakdown as it currently stands:
Paul Roberts (aka ‘The Coach’).
Richard Oxley (aka ‘The Beacon’).
Phil Taylor (aka ‘The Shuffler’). Phil is an accomplished swimmer but confesses to not actually owning a bike or being able to complete the designated running distance. Phil has a history of knee operations which has left him with a gammy running style, known as ‘the shuffle’. When asked about his chances of completing the running leg, Phil commented “Well, I’m following the couch-to-5K training plan. I’ve almost reached the 5K target but I tend to leave out the 2k warm up / down bits and struggle to keep running for the other 3k”.
Steve Tighe (aka ‘The Mechanic’). Steve has a history of mechanical back injuries including a slipped-disc and torn ligaments. If Steve manages to make it into his wetsuit without physio intervention, it will be a minor miracle. Steve has never taken part in a triathlon or an open water swim before (unless you count the outdoor pool at Center Parcs). Steve commented “This is probably a ridiculous idea”.
The team of four will be training individually for the event and will post updates to show what they have been up to. All four chaps will be trying their best to look good (if that’s possible) in their wetsuits and unnecessarily tight lycra. Points will be awarded for the most accurate impression of a sack of potatoes along with the inevitable Baywatch posing.
Humour aside, we are committed to giving up our time to do something difficult to support those who might benefit from a few quid to help during this difficult time.