24 May 2013
A large crowd of spectators is expected in Crondall on Sunday 2nd June to watch and cheer on a record field of 313 competitors taking part in the tenth Crondall Triathlon. The field will include 223 individuals and 30 teams of three.
The annual sporting event first took place in 2004 when 12 teams and just 29 individuals competed. since then it has grown each year and has raised over £70,000 for local and national charities and charitable projects.
The 2013 event will be fund raising for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham and The Prostate Project, which is based at Frimley Park Hospital and Guildford Royal Surrey. In addition, money will also be given towards the cost of a new village marquee for Crondall that can be used at village events.
Organiser Julian Badgery, landlord of The Plume and Feathers, will, for the first time ever, be taking part in the event himself:
Julian said: "The Crondall Triathlon was conceived in the pub one hot summer Sunday evening, after two regulars had just completed the Windsor Triathlon, as a way of raising much needed funds for local charities. I said at the time that I would rather organise the event than take part adding, rather flippantly, that I would need several years to get myself fit before taking part. Here we are a decade on and the training has not gone particularly well!"
Julian is confident that he will beat the slowest time, two hours and thirty-five minutes, set in 2005.
"I need to be faster than that" he said, adding: "I have to be back in time to start the BBQ for the spectators and celebrating competitors."
Further information about the event can be found at www.crondall-triathlon.co.uk