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We caught up with our triathletes to find out how they did!

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Our triathletes completed the Southwell triathlon in aid of raising money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Children and Young Adults Ward. The funds raised currently now stands at over £14,000! An amazing achievement!

Some of the triathletes share their experiences here:

“The first hill after the cycle ride was brutal but a brilliant event where all the Liberty team helped and encouraged each other” – Ian Jones, Regional Facilities Manager

“All in all it was a brilliant day. A few stand out moments for me, I was absolutely delighted with my swim in less than ten minutes, very disappointed with my bike ride, and happy with my run. Apart from managing to run the wrong way for about 90 seconds and cross the finish line twice, all while the race announcer decided to announce what I had done over the tannoy for everyone to hear! Slightly embarrassing! One thing I genuinely liked about the day was seeing other colleagues who had been apprehensive about the race doing absolutely amazing, it was nice to see. I am actually looking to do another one in August in Newcastle with some mates for a charity up here, hopefully this time I won’t run the wrong way and I will make my transitions quicker!” – JJ Fletcher, Assistant Manager, Liberty Quay, Newcastle

“All I can say it was so wonderful to see so many of our staff out on the course doing Liberty Living proud for such a worthwhile cause. It was very inspirational watching people who were competing in their first full triathlon and everyone gave it their all. The encouragement given to each other was great and really helped. I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the massive hill I had to run up (twice)! It is not something I would have ever considered doing before but whilst I am not sure I would be up for the full triathlon I would definitely be part of a team again and encourage others to do it. I am now looking at doing some more charity runs in the future” – Zandria Barclay, Training and Development Manager

“The whole thing was really demanding but a good challenge and I’m proud of myself for completing it! The hardest parts for me were the cycle, as there was a lot of tough climbs on the way back, then straight into a brutal hill on the run section, which was a loop that you had to do twice, I found that part of the run really tough. But I managed my quickest ever run time for 5k so a PB for me! Would definitely do another, the atmosphere on the day was amazing, and the support/camaraderie amongst the fellow liberty athletes was overwhelming on the day. My next charity event is the Children’s Cancer Run on the 15th of May which is a 5 mile run round Gosforth Park near Newcastle. Me and JJ have been looking into the Ponteland Triathlon in August so watch this space...”  – Shelley Greenwood, General Manager, Liberty Quay & Liberty Quay Studios, Newcastle

“It was a great day with everyone supporting each other and raising money for such a good cause. My daughter Emily swam and ran for team Leeds and she couldn't believe how encouraging and supportive everyone was to her. She has signed us up again in 2 weeks’ time, so she can do the whole thing. I found the cycling hard work and will need to train better for any future events. Hard work, but a great day” – Rachel Muddimer, General Manager, Liberty Park, Leicester

“We are all so grateful for your support - which to date is in excess of £14,000 and still counting! Last time we raised over £20k, so we are continuing to pedal beyond the Southwell Slope up into the Peak District! All I can say is that the powerful influence of colleagues and friends – and about every twentieth runner seemed to be wearing the award-winning Liberty Living logo – was an inspiration and pain-killer. We really did enjoy ourselves in the lovely sunshine. AND raised money for a great cause!” – Charles Marshall, Chief Executive Officer

Again, well done to all those who took part to raise money for an amazing charity. The triathletes Just Giving page is still open if you would like to make a donation. Head over to their page here!