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Basics Bank benefits from much needed fundraising

Lymington Tri-Club finds a way to combine training in lockdown with charitable endeavour

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Lymington Triathlon Club (LTC) have raised more than £2,500 for the New Forest food bank, following a gigantic sponsored run, cycle and walk over the weekend.  

Active and budding triathletes need to train! And ideally of course they'd all train together as a group, that's part of the motivation and momentum. But because of COVID-19, group training in all of the three disciplines of swim, bike and run is not currently possible.

So the triathlon enthusiasts of Lymington devised a cunning plan. They determined to find a way to get their training albeit socially distanced, and in so doing to raise some much needed funds to support local families in the New Forest, already struggling with poverty and whose liberties have also been so curtailed during Lockdown.

lymington tri club by the sea

Local food bank New Forest Basics Bank - deserving beneficiary

The idea was to raise money for the local food bank New Forest Basics Bank (NFBB) charity - like other local charities desperately trying to fundraise and replace lost income, Basics Bank also has a growing challenge to fulfil the needs of the local families dependent on it. (Remember you can donate items at Waitrose and Lymington, and if you're not currently shopping you can always donate money direct to Basics Bank at any time...)

Realising the demand for the support that the New Forest food bank provides was only set to grow, the club organised a team cycle, run and walk - together in spirit but to be accomplished individually. 

Lands End to John O'Groats and back again - twice!Lands End Lymington John O'Groats

Their goal was to undertake a total mileage that is the equivalent of travelling the length of the UK and back – a total of 1,407km one way. 

Over the weekend the 105 members, families and friends cycled a total of 5,649.98 km on Saturday and ran, walked and hobbled a total of 1,383.21km on Sunday, making an astounding 7,033.19km.
 
Not only did they cover the virtual distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again, but they did it twice over.

And you can see them below playing their parts!  There is still time to donate to their Local Giving Page https://tinyurl.com/ychorhhb.

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LTC member Sarah Fox said: ”It was an absolutely fantastic weekend. Well done LTC and thank you so much for running this – not just for a great cause but it also helps us feel together even when distant! It’s been great watching the achievements clock up."

The group's fundraising target for NFBB was £500. The amount raised currently stands at £2,500 and rising. To donate, visit tinyurl.com/ychorhhb

More about the athletes below:

Malcolm Warne-Holland

Malcolm, who is over 70, had set himself the tough Saturday challenge of cycling 100km on his stationary bike in the garden. Armed with music, and with a second pair of cycling shorts needed after 2 painful hours, he smashed out his 100km doing a personal best time along the way. On Sunday he set out on a walk to add to his total but got pulled up by a calf injury after 4km. Not content with that he rallied his family as far afield as Oxford and Hertfordshire to join the cause. Here's to a speedy recovery Malcolm! 

Sandie Tyler

The LTC Social Secretary Sandie has only just managed to get back from New Zealand having been stuck there at the end of a holiday. So in self-isolation with her husband at home the lawn was her only option.  With a lap of only 30m she managed to cycle a dizzyingly amazing 20km, with only a couple of coffee breaks along the way. Spurred on by that she then ran a half marathon on the Sunday around that same 30m loop. Her first task after lockdown is over? To buy some new turf. Big kudos to Sandie. 

Caroline

Caroline, a previous secretary of the club and a keen cyclist who had actually done Land's End to John O'Groats in pre lockdown days, is now a wheelchair user. However, not to be outdone, she smashed out an impressive 400m by zimmer and self-propelled wheelchair on Sunday.  Congratulations Caroline. 

 

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