Royston’s Rob completes ironman challenge for Home-Start charity
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A Royston fundraiser who was set to take on the Nottingham Outlaw triathlon hasn’t let the coronavirus pandemic stop him from meeting the challenge, albeit a little closer to home.
Rob Turner signed up to the Nottingham Outlaw – for the seriously dedicated athlete – to raise money for family support charity Home-Start Royston, Buntingford and South Cambridgeshire.
Hosted in Nottingham, the triathlon event sees participants from all over the country taking part in a series of touch challenges, all centred on the National Water Sports Centre.
It was due to take place on July 26, starting at sunrise with a 2.4-mile swim around the Regatta Lake – where the average water temperature is 18°C – followed by a 112-mile bike ride through the Nottinghamshire countryside, and finishing off with a full 26.2-mile marathon, taking in Nottingham city’s most famous sites.
Like most popular events this year, the Outlaw was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, true to the spirit of the race, Rob decided to carry on and do the challenge anyway.
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He has continued with his training and moved the scene of action from Nottingham to Bedford.
On Saturday, Rob – along with his partner Alice and other members of their family – travelled to Bedford. Rob started his triathlon with a dip in Box Park, followed by the bike ride and finishing up with the marathon run around the city, completing the whole challenge in 13 hours and 42 minutes.
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Alice is incredibly proud of his achievement.
“He absolutely smashed the iron man,” she said.
Rob is raising money for our area’s Home-Start through his Virgin Money Giving crowdfunding page.
He chose the charity because there’s a great link between his family and Home-Start, thanks to his mum Bev’s activities with the charity over the years. So, when he was looking for a cause to support, “Home-Start seemed like the obvious choice”.
He set a target of £250 – and has now raised more than £700.
To add to Rob’s fundraising total, check out his page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AliceTurner23.
For more on Home-Start go to www.hsrsc.org.uk.