Hundreds turn out for Rennie Grove Hospice Care triathlon fundraiser

Kieran Lindars won the RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon

Kieran Lindars won the RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon

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A record number of 200 triathletes took part in the RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Competitors included a mix of novice and experienced triathletes, all eager to challenge themselves with a 300m pool swim, followed by a 21k road cycle and a 5k run.

Louise Brooks won the ladies' section of the RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon

Louise Brooks won the ladies' section of the RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon

The fastest finisher was a member of the GB Junior Triathlon Squad, Kieran Lindars from Aylesbury.

Kieran, 17, is in his third season as a triathlete and stormed home in 52 minutes and 27 seconds – nearly two and half minutes faster than any other competitor.

First across the line for the ladies was Elaine Garvican from Waltham Cross, who completed the course in 59:07.

Joining the elite athletes were a large number of people participating in their very first triathlon, including Louise Brookes from Berkhamsted.

Having run the London Marathon before for Rennie Grove, Louise found the cycle element of the triathlon the hardest.

She said: “I was pleased to get to the run because I did find the cycling very tiring, but it was a really friendly local event and I would definitely do it again.”

Andy Jones from Hemel Hempstead took part in last year’s event and decided to sign up again this year. He also persuaded his 19-year-old son Noah to join him.

Andy did plenty of training before the event and managed to beat his son home.

“It was brilliant,” said Andy, “It was friendly, fun and very well-organised.”

Rennie Grove event organiser Clair Evans added: “This was the third time we have run the Triathlon at RAF Halton and it was definitely the best.

“It was really exciting to reach our maximum number of participants for the first time and there was a fabulous atmosphere on the day with a great sense of camaraderie amongst the competitors.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to Corporal Matthew Nowicki who has organised the race side of things for the last three years.

“Unfortunately as Matt is now serving in the very north of England, this is the last one he will be involved with but we very much hope that the event will continue next year.

“Thanks also go to everyone at RAF Halton for allowing us to use the facilities and to all of the cadets and fabulous Rennie Grove volunteers who helped marshal and organise the event on the day.

“We hope to raise £10,000 from this event which will fund one of our specialist Healthcare Assistants for six months, providing much needed support for local patients and their families.”

The next Rennie Grove Hospice Care event is the Ashridge Trail Half Marathon on Sunday, June 22. To find out more, please visit www.renniegrove.org/ashridgetrail