Swansea Triathlon success. Going the extra mile.
Back in October dedicated equestrians, Ceri Rees-Coe & Sarah Wedgbury set themselves the huge task of completing their first ever triathlon event, the Swansea Triathlon on 28th May 2017 – in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance.
The pair are very active members of The Gower Riding Club in Swansea, but this is a challenge far from any others they have set themselves in the past.
We have never done anything like this before, and our swimming and biking skills have been dormant since our early teens,”
Ceri commented, continuing,
As for our running… Well, that mainly involves chasing loose horses at an event, or our own!”
The massive challenge involves a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5k run all on the same day. The pair started their training in October 2016, to give themselves plenty of time to succeed in their journey.
Both Sarah and Ceri work full time, so share the struggle that many riders face (especially throughout the dark, wet winter months) – trying to find the time to keep their horses fit and active so that they can support their club’s activities, as well as their fellow teammates. The pair are also keen motorcyclists and can often be spotted riding their 1000cc motorbikes when not supporting their riding club, or competing of course. Ceri explains,
We decided that as we are training six days per week, and pushing our bodies to their absolute limits, that we should do this triathlon for a good cause, and that’s how we decided on raising money for the Wales Air Ambulance. The reason why we have chosen this charity is because they do so much for our local area and beyond, especially in the field of interests that both Sarah and I share…..It’s a charity very close to our hearts. During the winter training when it’s hard to find the motivation to get out of bed to train, it has been the Wales Air Ambulance cause and local support and encouragement that has kept us going.”
With regular posts on social media which have generated an incredible interest in our journey, the support that we have received from friends far and wide has been incredible and has motivated us every single day to keep going.”
On our journey to Swansea Triathlon we also completed the Mumbles Duathlon in March (5k run / 21km bike / 3k run) and the Llanelli Triathlon (750k swim/28km bike/ 5km run) just 2 weeks before Swansea Tri.”
Sarah commented and continued,
These both provided a great test of our increasing fitness and it actually made us realise how much fitter and stronger we had become on this incredible journey, as well as some pretty medals! The atmosphere at Swansea Triathlon with so many friends and family there to support us was just so special.”
On crossing the finishing line at Swansea Triathlon both Ceri & Sarah said,
The feeling was of such pride, to be able to complete something so challenging for such an incredible cause. And complete personal pride for keeping going when they would have happily enjoyed chilling in a wine bar or eating chocolate sat on the sofa!!”
Do you think a sprint triathlon is out of your personal reach?
Why not consider making the 2018 Swansea Triathlon your next challenge?
According to Sarah and Ceri; you will be amazed how much fun you can have while burning calories.
The atmosphere is electric and will carry you through. If you are concerned at one of the phases why not rope in 2 friends and make a relay team? See you next year?!”
Sarah and Ceri are asking anyone who would like to donate to do so at their Just Giving Page. The page will remain live for some time to enable those who would still like to donate, enough time to do so.
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