Training with the Iron lady

by Tresa Gillam
Fundraising Product Manager (Events)






Last week we spent a glorious sunny day in Hyde Park. But this wasn’t any old sunny day in the park. There were no picnics, no ice creams, no idling the day away. Instead we spent the day being whipped into shape by British triathlete and four time World Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington.


With the PruHealth World Triathlon fast approaching, we rounded up some of our brave participants and offered them the chance to kick-start their training with a legendary triathlete. On the site of the Olympics triathlon, and the venue of the forthcoming World Triathlon, we were certainly put through our paces.

It was incredibly motivating. Chrissie had lots of wisdom to share with the group, including:

  • Be prepared to try. Mistakes are essential. Don’t place limits on yourself



  • Look deep inside yourself and discover what your passion is



  • Don’t use new equipment on the day of the race



  • Bank that feeling when you cross the finish line. You’ll need it in the future



  • None of us should ever look back and think “what if?”


Much of Chrissie’s advice can be applied to any fundraising activity, whether you’re competing in a gruelling triathlon, or taking part in one of our slightly more forgiving events, such as Walk Ten. However, her tip to ‘pee in your wetsuit. It will keep you warm in the water’ might not be helpful to everyone!

We were all really inspired by Chrissie, and came away from the day with renewed enthusiasm and a huge amount of motivation. Chrissie’s tips will hopefully put an extra spring in your step and make you even more determined to raise as much as you can.

Marie Curie is the official charity of the PruHealth World Triathlon, which takes place in Hyde Park on 14 September 2013. The public ballot has now sold out, but we have a limited number of exclusive places available. Sign up today and help us to care for more terminally ill people in their own homes.