Troops’ triathlon aids good causes

Personnel at St George's Barracks, North Luffenham, who are taking part in a 24 hour triathlon

Personnel at St George's Barracks, North Luffenham, who are taking part in a 24 hour triathlon

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TROOPS from an Army barracks ran, cycled and swam nearly 700 miles in 24-hours to raise money for three charities.

A team of 12 soldiers from 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham, ran 172 miles in circuits around Rutland Water.

They started at 3pm on Wednesday and finished at 11pm, when another team of 12 swam through the night in the pool at the base.

The triathlon finished with 12 soldiers cycling more than 455 miles in laps around Rutland Water.

Sgt Matt Henry, who was one of the cyclists, said that so far the team had raised £893, which will be shared between Rutland Lions, the Royal British Legion and Blesma, a charity which supports service personnel who have lost limbs.

Sgt Henry said: “I think enthusiasm kept a lot of the lads going, especially the runners who were faced with a bit of rain.

“There were a few minor injuries with people pulling their hamstrings and there were a lot of cyclists, who got punctures, but on the whole it went well.

“We had intended to do 638 miles but we ended up doing 697 miles so everyone went above and beyond what was required.”

He said he was delighted with what had been raised for the charities and thanked everyone who went to the finish line in Normanton car park at Rutland Water to support the troops as they cycled in at 3pm yesterday.

Sgt Henry said: “We really wanted to raise money for a local charity. We chose the Rutland Lions who do wonderful work in supporting numerous causes.

“We also wanted to support The Royal British Legion and Blesma, who help support our soldiers at difficult times.”