On Thursday 25th May, the Ultimate Experience team took on an Ultra Triathlon to raise money and awareness for Diabetes UK.
It all started with a flippant comment by Ultimate Experiences (UE) esteemed leader, Carly Mitchell, and gradually over the course of a few lunchtime brainstorms the concept of completing an Ultra Triathlon between the UE team was born.
Team UE was split into three groups, and the disciplines and distances were split between all. The swimmers, Kim, Louise, Becky and Jessie would collectively swim 2.4 miles, the runners, Carly, Rosie, Luke and Kate would run 26.2 miles, and the cyclists, Seth, Harry and Paul would cycle 112 miles. Alongside the sporting teams, we also had our support team, Areesha, Annabelle and Hannah, who would be on hand to motivate, cheer, feed, water and, of course, capture the whole event!
Training commenced and during the weeks leading up to the challenge, office chat soon turned to training schedules and personal bests. However, just one week before the challenge took place, a member of the cyclists hit a stumbling block as they were advised by medical professionals not to compete, and Harry soon went from champion cyclist to water boy (still a much needed role!). Luckily for us, Max Elliott from FullCircle stepped in and offered to join the cyclists to help them complete their leg of the challenge.
On the afternoon of the 25th April, the UE team headed down to Richmond Park and to their starting line. The cyclists were off first – with just a mere six laps of the park ahead of them! Next up, the runners set off to complete the Richmond Park 10k route. Meanwhile, the swimmers had made their way over to pool to each complete their 30 laps. Post challenge, the team celebrated their achievement with some sunny drinks on the river.
During this challenge, we managed to raise money for Diabetes UK, a charity that is very close to the whole UE team. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, colleagues, family and friends for the supportive comments and well wishes we received over the course of this challenge. We’re still raising money for Diabetes UK and are not far off our target. So, for anyone who hasn’t donated, and would still like to, please click here.