Saturday, 18 September 2021

Siblings enter triathlon for Sue Ryder

A BROTHER and sister whose mother died at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed will take part in a new Henley triathlon

A BROTHER and sister whose mother died at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed will take part in a new Henley triathlon.

James Powell and Sam Wallis Robinson will make up part of a Sue Ryder team taking part in Henley Highwayman in June.

Their mother Christine Wallis was at the hospice from 2001 to 2002 before she died of cancer, aged 54.

Mr Powell's grandfather-in-law Louis Winter also spent time at Sue Ryder in 2013.

The pair will also be joined by Vicky Elson Smith, a physiotherapist at the hospice.

The Henley Highwayman will involve hundreds of competitors attempting an open water swim, a cycle ride and run on consecutive days with entrants allowed to choose their own distances.

Mr Powell will be attempting an 18km run, while Mrs Wallis Robinson will do a 62km cycle ride and Mrs Elson-Smith will attempt the swim.

Mr Powell, 43, from Emmer Green, said: ?I do a lot of running but this one looks quite interesting because lots of it is off-road.

?I've done half-marathons so the 18km course is going to be approaching my maximum distance but I'm looking forward to the challenge.?

Mrs Wallis Robinson, 38, from Caversham, said: "I'm really looking forward to it. I did 40km at the weekend, which I enjoyed, so 60km should be okay.

?There's lots of hills on the course but if it's anything like Ride for Ryder it will be a good challenge."

Mrs Elson Smith, a former synchronised swimmer, swims up to 1km each morning.

She said: "I'm gradually building up my distance in the pool. I've done four big practice swims so far.?

The trio were at the hospice on Monday for the launch of a charity partnership between Sue Ryder and the Henley Highwayman.

More than 20 people attended the event where there speeches from Highwayman organiser Jeremy Laming and Sue Ryder hospice director Stewart Marks.

Mr Marks said: ?Having an opportunity to team up with an event in its early stages is fantastic because it keeps us involved with the local community.

?I expect a lot of people will want to sign up and help us build a relationship with the event, which will only be a benefit."

Mr Laming, who also runs the Henley Swim series, added: ?We are really excited by the relationship with Sue Ryder and one of the most important things is having the right charities involved. I?m 100 per cent sure we have chosen the right charity for this event.?

Sue Ryder supporters will be given a 15 per cent discount when signing up for the Henley Highwayman.

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