Last year, Debbie took part in the Tooting Bec Aquathlon and raised over £400 for Trinity! She tells us why she got involved and gives some motivation for anyone thinking of taking part this year. 

"I had already completed a couple of Sprint Triathlons when I was younger, but I was looking for a challenge to get me into shape and fit again in my more mature years and doing the Aquathlon for Trinity seemed like the perfect fit!

Trinity’s CEO, Dallas Pounds, and COO, Clare Montagu, had visited Christs School where I teach and spoke to some students about Trinity and the work they do. When they were presenting to young Year 7 students, I was exceptionally impressed with the quantity and depth of some of the questions the students were asking. So I decided to lead by example and take part in the Aquathlon with the aim of educating young students about supporting charities such as Royal Trinity Hospice and raising some vital funds in the meantime.

I spent two months training and reignited my Health Club membership! I love running so this wasn’t an issue for me. To increase my level of fitness I decided to vary my training so I attended a couple of spin classes and a weekly body conditioning class. In addition to this, I must confess that I am not a real fan of swimming, so I also swam 1000m twice a week as this was a very different form of training for me.

On the day, I was so excited but also very nervous. It was a fabulous sunny day and the Tooting Bec Lido was an excellent facility for both participants and spectators to enjoy (even though the pool was the coldest pool I’ve ever swam in!) The run around Tooting Bec Common was also very well organised and simple to follow.

I have participated in numerous events, but I did get one of the warmest welcomes from the Aquathlon organisers and Phil from Trinity’s Fundraising team. They supported me by sending me a Trinity running vest and t-shirt, along with contacting me to ask about my progress and to offer assistance for the event.

I was really proud of my achievement when I finished. I actually swam quicker than I’d expected to, and had a personal best for my run! It also motivated me to raise more funds than I had planned to, as it was a challenging event to complete. Overall I managed to raise £420!

What I’d say to anyone thinking of fundraising for Trinity, especially if you're thinking of taking part in the Aquathlon, is that if you would like to motivate yourself or someone else, or even give yourself a personal challenge within an excellent supportive and fun environment then yes – go for it!"

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