“I took part in a GO TRI event on Saturday 10 June with my 14-year-old daughter Phoebe. I signed up in a moment of madness at New Year. My daughter joined me as part of my training for GO TRI and together we completed a mini duathlon in zero-degree conditions. When Phoebe crossed the line, she vowed that she would never do another one.
“Throughout the months I continued my training and Phoebe stood and watched. She noticed how it motivated me and figured that she might as well join in instead of sitting on the side lines.
“We decided to launch a JustGiving page in support of pancreatic cancer and raised over £570 so we couldn’t just give up. People were counting on us to complete the race.
“Leading up to and throughout our first GO TRI event the support we received was incredible. The coaches who had encouraged, advised and educated us had been amazing. Our swimming coach Fiona Hoare had taught us what we needed to know about the swim discipline. The same can be said for Oliver Hylands who supported us with the transitions. Francis Riley, (coach and Yorkshire Regional Chair) Michelle Scott, (Regional Programme Manager) and the Bramley Baths team. Together they have done a fantastic at encouraging a 50+ year old and a 14-year-old, who’s friends now think that triathlon is pretty cool.
“In September we did the Bramley GO TRI event and Phoebe flew through the finish line as the 3rd fastest women. I was quite comfortable running the race at my own pace. Since then Phoebe has joined Bramley Bath Junior Tri on Saturdays and has picked up Parkruns also.
“I got a last-minute spot at the Ilkley Triathlon and loved every minute of it. Then a friend through triathlon, Claire Higgins mentioned that there was a triathlon event taking place in Mallorca while I was out there on a holiday. The event was called the Long Weekend Course which has a variety of distances ranging from 3.8km -750m swim, 172km – 86km cycle finishing off the weekend with a 42.2km – 5km run. Competitors can choose the distance which suits their ability. I decided to have a go at the three events over three days. I did my first sea swim which was of a distance of 750m, which I completed in a very respectable time. Unfortunately, I timed out of the cycle section which was 86km. I knew I would be exhausted by the time I got to the run, so I only did a 5km run but the heat didn’t help as I wasn’t used to it.
“GO TRI gives you such amazing support and encouragement all the way through. Looking forward to the future, I have since signed up for my first sprint triathlon at the ITU World Triathlon Leeds 2018 and my first Quadrathon which consist of a 750m swim, 4k kayak, 25k bike ride and a 5k run which is taking place in July. Phoebe has signed up for the GO TRI event, although I think it should be the other way around as she’s much better then me.
“If I can complete a GO TRI then anyone can complete a GO TRI. Seriously, just sign up and turn up.”
Inspired by Fiona’s story? Why not get involved in a GO TRI activity or event near you. Or feeling ambitious? Why not take on the ITU World Triathlon Leeds 2018 like Fiona here.