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Triathletes urged to step up for hospice

Organisers of the Lakeside Triathlon 2012 are encouraging triathletes to step up to a triple challenge and help support their local children’s hospice.

Raising funds for Little Havens Children’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK, the prestigious 2012 Lakeside Triathlon held in partnership with Decathlon, the world’s largest sports retailer, welcomes tri-athletes to race on Sunday 17th June. There are just 500 places for teams and individuals in this unique and exciting sprint triathlon, now in its third year. The routes are fast and flat, appealing to both the experienced and novice tri-athlete, or those looking for a local sporting charity challenge with a difference.

One person who has already signed up for the challenge is Keith Muggleton, 54 of Vardon Drive in Leigh-on-Sea. Keith, who works in IT for Ford at Warley, is no stranger to taking part in triathlons; he has completed approximately 10 a year every year since 1984 when he completed his first one in Mansfield. Keith’s sporting prowess originally emerged as a marathon runner, having successfully completed several London Marathons since 1982.

This will be the third time Keith has taken part in the Lakeside Triathlon. He said, “When I heard that the 2012 Lakeside Triathlon would be supporting Little Havens I was delighted. As a father of two and a keen tri-athlete it was an easy decision for me to want to take part again this year, especially as my wife Dawn also works in the kitchen at Little Havens – although a keen sports person she leaves the triathlons to me! I want to encourage seasoned triathletes and novices alike to sign up and help raise money for Little Havens so they can continue caring for children with life-limiting illnesses.”

Keith is hoping to beat last year’s time of one hour and 11 minutes. He has also helped to raise money for Havens Hospices by taking part in hospice organised events including the Great Pier Swim and the Virgin London Marathon.

Event co-organiser Mike Porter of Triathlon Racing Inc said, “We are delighted that the Lakeside Triathlon 2012 will be supporting two such worthy charities. Our local charity is Little Havens and we are proud to be raising funds to enable them to continue caring for children and families from Thurrock and throughout Essex. The race, hosted by Lakeside, is always a popular event and spaces are limited so I’d recommend signing up before 30 April and taking advantage of the prize draw for a brand new high spec carbon framed road bike kindly donated by Decathlon. Event co-organiser Triathlon Racing Inc will be in Lakeside shopping centre during the weekend of 24/25th March – this will be a great opportunity for potential participants and spectators alike to find out more about the event or sign up to take part”.

Participants start the race in Lakeside’s Alexandra Lake for a 750m swim before getting on the saddle and cycling a fast, flat 20km bike. The event culminates with a 5km multi-lap run, finishing outside Marks & Spencer. Supporters can cheer on their competitors whilst enjoying a coffee or a snack in one of Lakeside’s many restaurants or bars.

Little Havens provides respite breaks, symptom control and end-of-life care to children and teenagers who have a life-limiting condition. The care provided is free of charge but that care could not continue without supporters raising funds in the local community.

To register online, download course maps or for further information please visit http://www.onestepbeyond.org.uk/lakeside-triathlon.php. If you would like to find out more about fundraising or volunteering for Little Havens, please contact Peter Hall by emailing phall@havenshospices.org.uk, call 07891 514182 or visit www.havenshospices.org.uk

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