Cyclists to tackle Monster Triathlon for charity
PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:49 28 June 2018
A scout leader from Nailsea is taking part in his first triathlon – and he has picked the toughest challenge as his debut.
Cameron Sharp, aged 47, has signed up for the Monster Triathlon which lasts for seven days and involves a 5km swim in Loch Ness, five days of cycling 110 miles and a 36-mile run to finish.
Cameron, who lives in Trendlewood, is taking on the feat with his friend and colleague David Fowler, from Bristol.
The pair both work for Allianz, which has agreed to double what they raise.
Cameron said: “We are both keen cyclists – we always like a sporting challenge and we are keen to raise money for good causes.
“I’ve never done a triathlon before, so this is in at the deep end.
“We are raising money for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity which is the assigned charity for the company we both work for, Allianz.
“We have a target of £2,500 and Allianz will double what we raise.”
Cameron, who is a leader with 1st Nailsea Scouts, has been training for a number of months to make sure he is ready for the gruelling challenge.
He said: “We have been involved in training six days a week for many months now, with early mornings and late nights.
“We’ve been doing gruelling 90-mile, six-hour bike rides with customary saddle sore, 21-mile runs in the hot and humid May and June weather and freezing cold swims in a quarry, often back to back.”
The event is billed as the ‘UK’s ultimate multi-sport challenge’ and it runs from Monday until July 7, covering more than 550 miles from Loch Ness to London.
It starts with a 5km swim in the Loch Ness, followed by five days on a bike and finishes with an ultra-marathon along the Thames.
All the money raised will go to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity which provides emergency care to people at the scene of an accident or medical incidents across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
Cameron and David have raised more than £700 so far but they are hoping to hit the £2,500 and are appealing for sponsors.
To support the cyclists, visit www.allianz-fundraising.co.uk/event/monster-triathlon