Friday 24th July 2015 – 9.20am – Claire Brown.
Three paramedics from Willenhall Hub are joining forces to take on a 51 ½km triathlon in London next month.
Derek Varden, Dave Bentley and Rhoda Young all live in South Staffordshire and will be swimming 1 ½ km, cycling 40km and running 10km in London on the 8th August to raise money for various charities.
Derek, who is also bringing along his two sisters and a friend to complete the race, has previously done a triathlon but hasn’t done anything on this scale before. Derek said: “I’ve been trying to train as much as possible to prepare for the event. I’m raising money for Macmillan, which is a charity close to my heart as I’ve lost two people to cancer this year. Dave and Rhoda are racing to support other charities which are very important to them.
“I’ve already managed to raise £2,000 thanks to the fantastic support of my friends, family and work colleagues but all three of us hope to raise as much money as possible in the run up to the triathlon. It’s going to be a tough event but we’re raring to go!”
Pictured: Derek Varden and Rhoda Young at Willenhall Hub.