Edward Walker (Head of School) and Harry Browne, both boarders at Old Swinford Hospital competed in their first Triathlon on Saturday 29 September, finishing in very respectable times of 1hr 19 minutes and 1hr 25 minutes respectively.
The 17-year-old students entered the ‘Sprint’ category in The Warwickshire Triathlon which comprises a 400m swim, 23km cycle and a 5km run. The Triathlon was a fun, but challenging event set around the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon and was aimed at all abilities and fitness levels, from complete novices to pro triathletes, as well as charity and fun competitors.
Edward and Harry are aiming to raise over £1,000 to be split between the School’s Music Tour to Barcelona and the Thomas Pocklington Trust. The Trust offers people who are blind or have sight loss the support they require to lead an independent life, based on their individual requirements. The students’ fundraising activities included collecting sponsorship from friends and family and also asking local businesses for donations.
Speaking after the event Edward said “During the summer holidays we decided to set ourselves the challenge of completing a triathlon and make it more worthwhile by raising money for charity. We chose the Pocklington Trust as we have entertained the residents at the Stourbridge centre with an OSH music group.
“Although complete triathlon novices, we spent considerable time researching different techniques and tactics, and then got down to serious training. Both Harry and I are involved in sport at Old Swinford Hospital – I am 1st XV Hockey captain and Harry is a member of the Rugby 3rds.”
Pic shows from Left to right: Edward Walker and Harry Browne