3 June 2013
CRONDALL TRIATHLON RAISES £14,400 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
The tenth Crondall Triathlon, sponsored by Savills, The Old Dairy in Crondall and Colbornes Camberley Audi, saw over 300 people taking part in Sunday's gruelling event that raised £14,400 raised for local charities.
The cash wil be distributed between the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, The Prostate Project, which is based at Frimley Park Hospital and Guildford Royal Surrey and the project to buy a new marquee that can be used at village events in Crondall.
The Triathlon featured a 400 metre swim at Lord Wandsworth College, a twelve mile bike ride from the college back to Crondall via Long Sutton, Lower Froyle, Bentley and Well, followed by a three mile run around the village.
The men's event was won by Chris Birch in a time or 55 minutes and 26 seconds and the team event by Team Smudge in one hour, two minutes and five seconds. Both Chris Birch and Team Smudge are previous winners.
The women's event was won by Samantha Bramley, in a time of One Hour, nine minutes and twenty-five seconds, beating Melanie Brookes by a margin of just three seconds!
Ian White, from Crondall, won the Men's Veterans competition, while Angie Epps from Farnham won the Ladies' Veteran race. Both have previously won the main event.
Two of the three members of Team Smudge are from the village, including Chris Fawkes, the BBC weather man, who swam the 400 M in under 5 minutes.
The winners were awarded their prizes, by Dr Bruce Montgomery of the Prostate Project.
Stuart Abbott of Dassi, the North Warnborough cycle manufacturer who donated some of the prizes, said: "As a local company we were pleased to be able to support The Crondall Triathlon. It is an amazing community event and it is great to see novices and national standard athletes competing together in front of such a supportive crowd."
Having organised the triathlon over the past decade, Julian Badgery, the landlord of the Plume of Feathers pub in Crondall, took part in the event for the first time. When asked if he would do it again, he said: "No. Definitely not. I hadn't realised what pain you have to put yourself through. I now admire the great effort that these athletes make even more, but in future I will be organising rather than taking part!"
Julian and two of his regulars, the slowest competitors on the day, raised £3,400 towards the total.