Meningitis Now staff member Clara Wiggins

Simon Wade completes fundraising triathlon for Meningitis Now

Clara Wiggins | 20th September 2019

A keen runner who had to teach himself to swim from YouTube videos has completed his first ever triathlon in a fantastic 2 hours and 40 minutes to raise funds for Meningitis Now

Meningitis Now supporter Simon completes fundraising triathlon

Simon Wade, who works in London but whose home town is Doncaster, said that the running and cycling parts of the event hadn’t daunted him at all. But it was a different matter when it came to the swimming because he couldn’t swim the required stroke.

“Although 1,500m doesn’t sound like a long way, think again,” he told us back in June when he was still in training.

“This leg of the triathlon is done in an open lake – therefore front crawl is the only stroke that makes sense."

“Now, the problem with this realisation is that at the tender age of eight when I learnt to swim, I only learnt breaststroke and backstroke… so now I have to learn how to do front crawl.”

Thankfully, all that hard work paid off because Simon not only completed his triathlon, he managed to beat his target time of three hours by some margin.

“I had a great swim coming in at 29 minutes, only to have a nightmare of a first transition where adrenaline got the better of me as I broke both of my cycling shoes' laces!” he said.

“After a quick re-think as to how I could get my shoes on, I ended up getting on the bike after what felt like an eternity but was actually only 5 minutes - although this was something I had done in two minutes in training."

Plenty of money for Meningitis Now

“The bike ride went to plan, I took it a little steadier than in training and made sure I had all of my nutrition and drink to get ready for the run."

“The second transition was quite quick and it only taking a minute to change into my running shoes and take my cycling helmet off; this time round I took care with the laces!”

Simon said the run went well and he completed the 10k in 43 minutes, making up many places in the process during the part of the event he knew would be his strongest.

“Overall it was an enjoyable experience that went as well (apart from the first transition) as it could have done,” he said.

“And of course not to mention raising plenty of money for Meningitis Now with more sponsors still to come through!”

Well done Simon – not only have you completed your first triathlon in great time and raised lots of money for Meningitis Now, you’ve also taught yourself a completely new skill in the process!

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