A Race for Conservation

 
Michelle Turner
Michelle Turner

Michelle, before the start of the race.

To support conservation WLT supporter, Michelle Turner, completed the harrowing Michelob ULTRA London Triathlon on 4th August. Michelle wrote a long letter of thanks to all those who kindly sponsored her, of which the following is an extract:

"Hi Everyone

Firstly, I would like to thank those who supported me through my first Triathlon. Your generosity was tremendous and it really helped me get through the day!!

I arrived at Excel early on Sunday and at 11:45 I made my way, along with 400 other women, to the swim meeting point where we primed ourselves for the 1,500 meter swim.

It was a friendly bunch overflowing with team spirit and camaraderie. We swam out to the start, had a chat and a laugh with each other while we waited for the horn to sound.

At 12:10 (right in the midday sun) the horn went and suddenly 400 previously pleasant women turned into a sea of piranhas and I was stuck right in the middle of it. It was very interesting swimming through a maelstrom of fists, elbows, legs and I just relied on my survival skills kicking in when people started trying to swim over the top of me.

I managed to complete the swim in 00:29:33.

So, there I was out of the 'frying pan' bare-footed with wetsuit in hand running as fast as I could into transition just hoping that I could find my bike and kit amongst the other 12,000! The race was now on and I had completely forgotten that it was the hottest weekend of the year.

I completed my first transition time in 00:04:14

Back into transition to try and find my kit again. I dropped off my bike, changed into my running shoes and picked up some chewing gum (an essential running item)!

Gosh, this was a much faster transition at 00:01:35.

Coming out of transition and back into the sun was something else. The heat was so stifling and I started to get very concerned that it would finish me off. I looked at my watch and was really shocked to see the times I had done. In fact, I wondered if I had swallowed just a bit too much of the Thames and it was effecting my vision. Spurred on by this I crossed the finish line at 14:47.22.

I had completed the 10Km run in 00:52.11."

The World Land Trust would like to thank Michelle for her tremendous effort – both in completing the triathlon and in raising an amazing £1,100, plus Gift Aid for the Trust! Michelle raised her money both offline and online, using Justgiving.com, where you can still see her page at www.justgiving.com/TRITURNER

 

 

COMMENTS

LEAVE A COMMENT

Your email address will not be published. All fields are required

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>