Mini Triathlon event raises funds to help local day centre
05 July 2017
Over £2, 200 has been raised by a charity that helps physically disabled residents in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Hên Goleg League of Friends – charity to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Social Services provision – raised funds for New Horizons Day Service by holding its second Mini Triathlon Fundraising Event, with participants covering a staggering 736 kilometres in the process.
The aim of the race was for those taking part to – collectively – cover the 686 kilometres between Barry and Fecamp (France), one of the Vale’s twin towns. Competitors did this by swimming, cycling, running and walking.
By smashing the target distance, participants have ensured that funds will be used to enhance the facilities available to the clients of the day centre.
The event was split into two parts, with a period of two weeks in June open to clients of the New Horizons Day Centre.
Challenging the traditional notion of the triathlon, this section of the fundraiser allowed the clients to contribute to the overall distance by taking part in one, two or three of the triathlon elements.
Swimming element of triathlonClients completed their cycling and walking elements in the day centre gym, making use of some of the specialised equipment bought with the funds raised in last year’s event, whilst supported swims took part in Barry Leisure Centre.
Impressive displays from several of the clients – including Helen, who swam for the first time since having a stroke in 2012, Rob, an amputee who completed 24 lengths, and Jackie, who has heart and spinal conditions and only learned to swim last year – meant the participants were well on their way to reaching their target goal.
The second part of the fund-raiser was tackled by 12 employees of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, and friends of the day centre, and took part on the hottest day of the year. This race consisted of a 500 metre swim, 5 kilometre cycle and 5 kilometre run. A group walk was also undertaken by clients of the day centre.
The swim took place in Barry Leisure Centre, whilst the cycle, run and group walk was staged along Fford Y Mileniwm.
The group walk was undertaken by 34 participants, and included clients from the day centre, friends with learning disabilities and staff from the Council, with Mark Roderick, a client from New Horizons, commenting that “everyone stepped up to do their bit with the enthusiasm you come to expect from New Horizons” to make sure that the event was “bigger and better than last year’s”.
Mark Roderick at mini triathlonThe Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Councillor Janice Charles, opened both the swimming and running events and said: “There is some excellent work done at New Horizons. Those that work at the day centre are without a doubt unsung heroes, carrying out the most amazing work – giving people back hope, dignity, strength and life improvement.
“I was honoured to take part in the opening of their latest fundraiser, and I am looking forward to working with the team again in the future.”
Linda Ruston, who works at New Horizons Day Centre, said: “The event saw everyone involved gel together to achieve the set distance. We plan to organise it again next year, make it a hat-trick, and perhaps even an annual event!
“Again, the whole event proved a tremendous success, and for many of the competitors their individual goals were smashed.
“Although the primary aim of the event is to raise funds to enhance the facilities available at the day centre, participant involvement is a key factor that challenged individuals to give both a sense of achievement and wellbeing.
“A huge thank you is owed to six local companies – GRABit Plant Hire, Stokes General Builders, Woodland Electricals, D & M Mechanical Engineers Ltd, Travis Perkins Ltd and PInit Building and Civil Engineering – who sponsored us to the sum of £500.”
People can still donate to the cause by visiting www.gofundme.com/newhorizonsminitriathlon.