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Gruelling triathlon inspired by cancer fight raises £720

When Greg Facey’s cousin developed bone cancer he and his friend Paul Craig decided that they wanted to find a way of raising money for UCLH Charity. They decided to embark on a gruelling triathlon and after just under three hours they had raised an impressive £720!

“The alarm went off at 5.30am and, as we left in pitch darkness to go to the race, we were convinced we were mad!” he says.

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“We arrived and had a walk round meeting other competitors – it was good to realise we weren’t the only nutters taking part!”

The race got under way with Paul doing the 1500m swim in an outdoor lake with a temperature of about 13 degrees. He finished in 33 minutes and 31 seconds and then handed over to Greg to do the cycle ride (40km).

“The weather was dry with no wind so quite good conditions for cycling – I had definitely made the better choice!” says Greg. “I did it in 1 hour 39 minutes and 5 seconds and was utterly shattered.”

Paul completed the triathlon with the 10km run in a time of 40 minutes and 52 seconds. “It was a brilliant day” says Greg “and to be cheered on by our wives and children helped us no end. I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored us.”