Triathletes battle through wind and rain in fundraiser

Five Swansea University students put themselves through the ultimate physical challenge to raise money for charity.

Wales Officer Training Corps (OTC) members Sarah Kelland, Scott Thompson, Alice Maclennan, Hannah Meinertzhagen and Alex Henderson completed the Neath Valley triathlon on September 25, with the money raised going to ABF:’The Soldiers’ Charity’.

The event in Glynneath is aimed at novice level, but with the group only having a few days to prepare for the 400m swim, 22km bike ride and 3km run, completing the circuit was no mean feat.

Conditions on the day were not ideal either with the group having to battle through the wind and rain to get to the finish line, but their OTC training paid off as all five finished within 1 hour 40 minutes.

Kelland said the support the group were able to give each other was vital.

“We all set off at different times which meant we were able to give each other plenty of support , and everyone did really well,” she said.

The triathlon was just the first event which the Swansea coy of the OTC will be using to fund raise for ABF this year.

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