Taking on a tough triathlon for Marie Curie

I’ve been planning this challenge for some time now; even before I signed on to the Power Peloton. To give you an idea of what the event is, it’s essentially a triathlon, but with a bit of a difference.  It starts at 9am on Monday 21 July on the banks of the River Humber. I’ll be swimming across the river, a distance of 1.6 miles. I’ve had to time this very carefully as not to be too affected by the tides.

Following that I’ll be taking to the saddle to cycle 50 miles and finishing with a 12-mile run. Why am I doing this, I’m sure you’re asking, considering not two weeks ago I spent eight hours in the saddle taking part in the Marie Curie Power Peloton? The answer is simple. The need doesn’t stop so why should I? My family and I were fortunate enough to receive help and support from the Marie Curie Nurses when my wife Maria was dying of cancer.

But this isn’t just about remembering Maria: this about her legacy and what she would want to be remembered for. The reason I take on challenges like this, as well as the Power Peloton and the Coast to Coast is to inspire people, to make them see that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. That’s what I want Maria to be remembered for. She was an inspirational person, and people around her felt that. Even as her illness advanced, she never stopped. You can find out more about James's Challenge by visiting the Humber Tri Challenge website and donate via his Just Giving page.


by James Britton Marie Curie Fundraiser You’d think that after taking on the Power Peloton, James Britton would be content to take a bit of a break for a while. Cycling 190km in eight hours was no small feat, but, not one to sit around, James is today tackling the Humber Tri Challenge. In some ways, this one is tougher than the last. 

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