Mini Triathlon fundraiser a resounding success


11 July 2016


Vale of Glamorgan Social Services employees have pushed themselves to their physical limits, taking part in a mini triathlon fundraising event.


Hengoleg triathlon. Group photoThe inaugural event included Hên Goleg League of Friends (Charity to The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Social Services provision) and New Horizons Day Service for adults with a physical disability. 


The aim was to cover the 262km distance from Barry to London by swimming, cycling and walking/running locally.  After the event, the goal had been easily surpassed and an amazing final distance of 576km was achieved.


The event was fully inclusive and catered for all abilities, with 28 of the participants having a disability and 12 being wheelchair users.  


Over a period of two weeks, clients at New Horizons Day Centre completed their cycling and walking elements in the day centre gym using specialised equipment and took part in supported swims at Barry Leisure Centre during weekly sessions. 


The Mini Triathlon event itself consisted of a 500m swim, a 5km cycle and a 5km walk/run along Ffordd Y Mileniwm, with six Vale of Glamorgan members of staff took up the challenge.  There was also a group walk with 29 participants, several of whom were wheelchair competitors, clients with walking impairments and friends with learning disabilities. 


Lance Carver, Head of Social Services commented upon the event: “What an amazing achievement the event was. I am lucky to be in the privileged position of working with staff and service like these.  The event was incredibly well organised and inclusive, and challenged misconceptions about disabilities, which is exactly what all our services should be aspiring to do”. 


The event was made possible with help from Barry Leisure Centre, Barry Brewers Fayre, Pinit Building & Civil Engineering, Stokes General Builders, Woodland Electricals, GRABit, Woodlands Crew, New Horizons and St John Cymru Wales.The funds raised by the Triathlon will go towards the purchase of an additional Thera Trainer, an Active/Passive Exerciser costing £3,700.  So far, the event has raised in the region of £1500.