Challenge 2019 - The Royal Windsor Triathlon - 16th June
We are getting ready for this Sunday 16th June. Have you heard? We have created an incredibly committed team that will take part in the Triathlon and will swim, cycle and run in support of our work at The Reasons Why Foundation.
If you would like to help our foundation and donate, you can find the entrants below with links to their Fundraising pages. A contribution, however big or small is welcomed and much appreciated!
This year's 'Challenge Team' is made up of staff, volunteers, board members, donors, mentors and supporters and their dedication to this event and our work is highly admirable and hugely beneficial to our service users. Therefore, from all the team at the foundation we would like to share a special mention to each of them. All of whom are taking part in this experience, please share with friends and on social media to increase the reach of our work. We are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Chris decided to take part in the Royal Windsor Triathlon after a busy Christmas full of food and memories. We are grateful to Chris taking part in all three disciplines, swimming 750m, cycling 20km and running 5km. Thank you!
Nathan and Ella
Nathan and Ella will be sharing the triathlon: Nathan will be completing the cycle and run, and Ella is taking part in the swim. The team at The RWF is looking forward to your participation. Thank you!
Kerrie was one of our first mentors at The RWF and is now offering her support by participating in the Olympic Triathlon. Thank you, Kerrie!
Kathryn admitted: “I'm not very good at running, cycling, or swimming, but I'm doing all three in the Royal Windsor Triathlon because I believe in the work that The RWF does supporting ex-offenders”. Thank you, Kathryn, we believe in you!
Carl, Ian and Austin
Meet Team C.I.A. We know they have been training hard and sweating their way to make a good impression on the day! They have also raised and incredible donation of over one thousand pounds! Thank you for your help!
Charles, Sam and Sam
The team represented by Charles has been doing great efforts during their training and previous preparation for this event. They've now raised over seven hundred pounds. Thank you for embarking in this experience with us!
Florence will be taking the Swim part of the Triathlon. She has openly said how much her muscles are hurting from her weekly intensive training and is encouraging everyone to support her and make a donation in support of our work. Thank you, Florence!
Hamish wants to contribute to society and the work of The RWF, so, he will be taking his first competitive event longer than 200m by committing himself to do 1.5km (Swim) + 40km (Cycle) + 10km (Run). Thank you, Hamish!
Jamie will be tackling his first Olympic Triathlon on Sunday 16th June for The RWF. He is ambitious and will be aiming to complete the task in 2hrs 30 mins.He has raised about nine hundred pounds for the foundation, and we will be looking forward to seeing him in action! Thank you!
We all know how adventurous she is but this year she has taken on her biggest challenge so far. She will be supporting The RWF with the rest of the team this Sunday. Thank you, Lizzy!
Mikkel said: “I am a firm believer that EVERYONE deserves a second chance. So, what am I doing about it? Well, I am mentoring offenders and now for the first time EVER I am doing a triathlon. Although I am doing the shorter distance, this will be a challenge considering how bad shape I am in.” Mikkel, we are thankful to have you mentoring and we are proud of your work and support. Thank you!
Olly has been running for a few years now. Sports have been a positive experience for him and now he would like to take it to the next level: he was part of the Brighton Marathon in April and now the Windsor Triathlon in June (running). Thank you, Olly!
Roger, as our Founder, will be ensuring the day goes well and is part of a relay team for his first ever Triathlon. Thank you, Roger, for being strong and encouraging others to take part in the Triathlon!
Sarah and Louise
They said: “Louise will be speedy on a bike across 40K - she needs to invest in a bike with more than one gear and pick up pace 500%. Sarah will be doing the 10K run - but hadn't run for over two years before starting training for this event. She will also do the mile swim - she has never swum more than a few lengths and certainly not in open water.” Thank you, for taking this so seriously and inspiring others!
Angelica has declared herself as not a “big fitness' person”. She is not much into running and even though she has recently been suffering with her asthma, she decided to push herself to overcome these personal hurdles for an inspiring cause.
Olly is Conquering His Fears for The RWF
I have a confession to make. I have now been running regularly for nearly five years and have not raised one single £ for charity. Yes, that's correct - despite having run two marathons, five half marathons and numerous 10k's, I have not once decided to use one of the things I love doing most of all to raise money for a good cause.
This seems even stranger given my fairly generous disposition, as well as the sheer number of charities that offer places for some of the world's greatest running events.
So why haven't I done anything? If I'm being honest, it's probably been down to fear – fear of failing to raise any money, fear of even asking for the money and above all, fear of failing to complete the challenge at all. I guess in many ways, I've always been a slightly selfish runner, preferring to simply concentrate on my training without any additional expectation and revenue raising pressures.
I'm delighted to say however, that following a short but persuasive conversation with Roger – Founder and Chief Executive of the Reasons Why Foundation - that's all change d. I've set aside these fears and have agreed to take part in the running leg of forthcoming Royal Windsor Triathlon alongside other supporters of the Foundation. Not only that but I'm combining my participation in next month's Brighton Marathon to help increase the fundraising potential.
This commitment has in some ways increased the pressure on me, however, it's also brought an even greater focus to my training and a clear sense that all those lonely miles and alcohol-free weeks will ultimately impact positively on someone else's life. That's a really powerful feeling and I can't wait to complete both events and raise as much money as possible. I still want to get the best time I can, but I recognise that my performance in either event is no longer the most important thing at stake.
Maybe I'm no longer such a selfish runner!
If you can please support our work and Olly's efforts by donating to his fundraiser.