Neil’s Triathlon Challenge

The annual Tresco Triathlon is due to take place at the end of the month. It has been running for four years and is not only a very popular event with islanders, but also a fantastic fundraiser for Cancer Research UK. This year our shed manager Neil will be taking part for the fourth time.

The event is known as a sprint Triathlon and comprises of a 500 meter swim, 12 mile bike ride and 3 mile run.

Neil Swim

So Neil what with the farm being busy with a flush of pinks and an 8 month old baby at home, how are you finding time for training?

To be honest the training has been quite sporadic but in the past couple of weeks I’ve started going out for a run and cycle three times a week and tried to get in a swim once a week as well.

What have you learnt from the past three triathlons you have taken part in?

The main thing I’ve learnt is that I never train enough. And unfortunately it looks like it’s going to be the same this year! I’ve also learnt that you need to practice the transitions between the different stages as much as possible. There’s no time to clean the sand out of your toes before the cycle! It also takes some getting used to going from the bike to the run, it’s a bit like having jelly legs to begin with!

Do you have any targets for this year’s event?

Well I usually like to compete against my wife Lanie (I’ve yet to beat her!) but she will be cheering us on with my son Cooper this year so I’m just hoping to beat last year’s time of 1 hour 30 mins and 35 secs. (This placed Neil in an impressive 31st position out of 70 competitors.) Although as I said earlier I haven’t trained as much so I would realistically just be happy to get within 5 minutes of that time.

So do you actually enjoy the Triathlon?!

Every year the Triathlon has been great fun and this year there are more people taking part from St Martin’s than ever before so the atmosphere should be brilliant. But the main incentive is to hopefully raise as much as possible for Cancer Research UK. In the last three years competitors from St Martin’s alone have raised over £4,000 between us. It will be nice to add to that as much as we can.

How will you celebrate completing the event?

With a nice pint of Guinness.

All of us at the farm wish Neil and everyone taking part in the Triathlon the best of luck. We will keep you posted as to how he gets on! And if you would like to donate you can visit Neil’s just giving page.

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