Big crowds spur on Ian in triathlon challenge

Ian Foxall

Ian Foxall

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EASTBOURNE’S Ian Foxall may not have won an Olympic medal for his triathlon efforts, but he has raised money – and awareness – of the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity.

Ian, 39, took part in Tri Together, an inclusive triathlon event organised by the charity, at Crystal Palace National Sport Centre.

Tri Together consists of a 400m swim, 15km cycle and 5km run and is designed for people of all abilities over the age of 13.

It was Ian’s first triathlon and he completed all three disciplines in an impressive 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Ian said, “I have been training hard for the past few months, so it was a great feeling to reach that finish line.

“The cheers and the encouragement from the large crowds were amazing and really helped to spur me on to the end.

“I am happy to be raising funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability’s work with disabled people.”

Sarah Ball, events manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said, “We are delighted that Ian took part in Tri Together to raise much-needed funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

“We are very proud of him and his support will help us to continue our work with disabled people at local services across the UK.”

This was the second Tri Together event, following last year’s successful launch.

The current World Paratriathlon Champion, Jane Egan, supported the event and also took part. When paratriathlon is included in the Rio 2016 Paralympics, Jane is hoping to compete for team GB.

For more information about Tri Together visit www.lcdisability.org/tritogether.