Fund-raisers wanted for triathlon event

A KEEN adventurer and sports fan from Nailsea is organising a triathlon event to raise cash for charity.

A KEEN adventurer and sports fan from Nailsea is organising a triathlon event to raise cash for charity.

Gary Corr, of Goss View, is appealing for people to take up the challenge and raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The 43-year-old mechanical engineer has organised a triathlon from May 24-26. On day one, competitors will complete a 90-mile bike ride along Avon cycleway.

After swapping their bikes for running shoes, the fund-raisers will walk 25 miles from Bristol to Bradford-upon-Avon on the second day and for the finale the competitors will paddle from Devizes, in Wiltshire, to Bristol in a dragon boat.


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Cycling fans not keen to hit the water can instead opt for a three day bike ride, travelling 33 miles a day.

Gary, who is a member of Bristol Empire Dragons, has been a boating fan for four years and enjoys setting himself physical challenges to push himself to the limit.

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He has organised a host of sporting events for charity over the past three years including a walk along Hadrian's Wall, a five-day dragon boat race from London to Bristol followed by a trip from Stourport to Bristol.

He said: "If I'm doing a challenge I might as well try to help people at the same time. It's nice to do it and feel you are doing it for a reason.

"I like the fact that the challenges are extremely hard but very good fun and when you've finished it you get a really good comradeship with other competitors and a real buzz out of it."

Gary's wife Ginette also takes part in the challenges along with Ring O' Bells landlords Kevin and Diane Milden.

Gary decided to do the first challenge with some fellow regulars at the Ring O' Bells in St Mary's Grove and his interest spiralled.

If the triathlon is a success he is hoping to make it an annual event.

Anyone interested in taking part in the fund-raiser can choose to do one or all of the events.

Competitors must donate at least 60 per cent of the cash raised to Cancer Research UK and the rest can be given to a charity of their choice.

For more details about the event contact Garry at gcorr@blueyonder.co.uk

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