Monday, 27 September 2021

Woman completes five triathlons to mark turning 50

A woman from Remenham has completed five sprint triathlons in five months to celebrate her 50th birthday.

A woman from Remenham has completed five sprint triathlons in five months to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Fiona Boyd-Thorpe, who only took part in her first triathlon last year, says she wanted to set herself a challenge.

“I wanted to do something that was going to improve my fitness and it’s really good fun,” she said.

“My birthday is in November and I am getting married later this month so I didn’t want a big party.”

She took part in two triathlons in Stratford-upon-Avon as well as in Henley, Carterton and Bedford between May and September this year.

The sprint event involves swimming 400m, cycling between 23 and 25km and running 5 km.

Ms Boyd-Thorpe, who runs a catering management consultancy, decided to use her challenge to raise money for Macmillan.

“I lost my sister six years ago to cancer and Macmillan were very good in helping her a lot,” she said.

Her fiancé, Clive, decided to join her in her challenge the week before the first triathlon was due to take place.

“We both go to the gym but we aren’t ardent gym goers, we just do what we can,” Ms Boyd-Thorpe said. “It just shows that anyone can do it if they put their mind to it.”

She persuaded her eldest son, Aidan, 21, to take part in the Henley triathlon with her in June but was unable to convince her daughter and youngest son to join them.

Ms Boyd-Thorpe says it is likely that she will continue to take part in triathlons in the future.

“Clive said that we will do some next year but I don’t know if we’ll do five,” she said.

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text A WOMAN from Remenham has completed five sprint triathlons in five months to celebrate her 50th birthday and raise money for charity.

Fiona Boyd-Thorpe, who only took part in her first triathlon last year, said: “I wanted to do something that was going to improve my fitness and was really good fun.

“My birthday was in November and I am getting married later this month but I didn’t want a big party.”

She took part in triathlons in Stratford-upon-Avon Henley, Carterton and Bedford between May and September. The sprint event involves swimming 400m, cycling between 23 and 25km and running 5 km.

Ms Boyd-Thorpe, who runs a catering management consultancy, was raising money for Macmillan.

“I lost my sister six years ago to cancer and Macmillan were very good in helping her,” she said.

Her fiancé, Clive ??, decided to join her for the challenge a week before the first triathlon and she persuaded her eldest son, Aidan, 21, to take part in the Henley triathlon with her.

Ms Boyd-Thorpe said. “It just shows that anyone can do it if they put their mind to it. Clive said that we should do some next year but I don’t know if we’ll do five.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fiona-boyd-thorpe



A WOMAN from Remenham has completed five sprint triathlons in five months to celebrate her 50th birthday and raise money for charity.

Fiona Boyd-Thorpe, who only took part in her first triathlon last year, said: “I wanted to do something that was going to improve my fitness and was really good fun.

“My birthday was in November and I am getting married this month but I didn’t want a big party.” She took part in triathlons in Stratford-upon-Avon, Henley, Carterton and Bedford between May and September.

The sprint event involves swimming 400m, cycling between 23 and 25km and running 5km.

Ms Boyd-Thorpe, who runs a catering management consultancy, was raising money for Macmillan.

“I lost my sister six years ago to cancer and Macmillan were very good in helping her,” she said. Her fiancé, Clive Chapman, decided to join her for the challenge a week before the first triathlon and she persuaded her eldest son, Aidan, 21, to take part in the Henley triathlon with her.

Ms Boyd-Thorpe said: “It just shows that anyone can do it if they put their mind to it. Clive said that we should do some next year but I don’t know if we’ll do five.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fiona-boyd-thorpe

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