Laura’s triathlon triumph!
Kingston House Support Worker Laura Hellier was recovering this week having completed her first ever sprint triathlon, in aid of St. Luke’s Hospice in Basildon.
Laura, a popular member of the Kingston House team since joining in July 2011, thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the combined swimming, cycling and running event, which wound it’s way around the town of Grays this Sunday.
Having originally applied to do the London triathlon, Laura unfortunately had to withdraw due to the high costs involved, leading her to find something more local. When she stumbled across the St. Luke’s Hospice triathlon, which offered her the opportunity to raise money for a good cause at the same time, it seemed perfect!
As a keen cyclist, Laura travels to work each day on two wheels and was confident in tackling that section of the event, but she only started her running training in August and her swim training even more recently, making her achievement that much more remarkable.
The event, now in it’s third year, consisted of a 400 metre swim; a 20 kilometre cycle and a 5 kilometre run, with Laura completing it in a superb time of 1 hour 42 minutes and 54 seconds and raising £116.00 for St. Luke’s Hospice in the process.
The success of the day has whet Laura’s appetite for more and when asked how she felt immediately after the triathlon, she said ‘I feel like I could do it again’. As such, she has continued her training and is considering joining a group to train with more regularly.
Laura is now looking forward to taking on another triathlon in 2014, or even a half-marathon. Whichever one she chooses, everyone at Consensus Support will be cheering her on all the way!