Members of Absolute Triathlon Club in Nottingham have raised £18,000 for new Charity the Karen Green Foundation by taking part in long distance triathlon the Outlaw on July 1st 2012 which took place at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.
The Karen Green Foundation was only established earlier this year by club member Mick Green, 46, who lost his wife Karen to Leukaemia in July 2011. Mick was one of 70 club members who took part in the gruelling endurance race which included a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run either as a solo effort or as part of a relay team. The award winning Outlaw Triathlon is now in its third year and attracts 1000 competitors.
Mick completed the race in just 14 hours and 20 minutes and was joined at the finishing line by his two daughters, Ellena aged 12 and Jenni aged 7.
Outlaw was a huge challenge and there were times that I really didnt know whether I could do it. But the camaraderie of the entrants was absolutely brilliant and I when I eventually got in the swing of it, I loved it. To come up to the finishing line with all the supporters of the Karen Green Foundation and my fellow club members was a dream come true; to run down the finish line with Ellie and Jenni was like nothing else. I am delighted to have completed the event and have raised so much money for the charity, which we set up in Karens memory, explains Mick.
The Karen Green Foundation is a Nottingham based charity working to raise funds for organisations and individuals researching, treating and fighting leukaemia and cancers of the blood. Donations are still being received following the Outlaw and it hoped that the target of £20,000 will be achieved shortly.
The club had some impressive results on the day with team The Sheriffs achieving second place in the relays. The team consisted of swimmer Kate Vines, cyclist Matthew Fostun and runner Paul Harwood and they completed the event in 8 hours and 52 minutes. Dave Crossley was the first member of the club over the line as an individual completing the race in just under 11 hours.
On July 14 at 7.00 pm Absolute Triathlon Club are hosting a fundraising evening celebrating the tremendous effort of all those who took part in Outlaw. Held in a marquee in Eakring there will be entertainment, pig roast and auction. Everyone is welcome and tickets are £20 per person (£10 for children) and can be purchased at Langdale Lightweights in Mapperley or at www.karengreenfoundation.co.uk.
To support the Karen Green Foundation please donate whatever you can at www.justgiving.com//KarenGreenFoundation. All donations are gratefully received.