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29th September 2010

A GRUELLING TRIATHLON TO RAISE MONEY.......................
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FOR ACORNS CHILDREN'S HOSPICE

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Some of you may be already aware that Steve 'Ozzy' Bond, Gary Davies and friends have been busy holding many fund raising events in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice. The latest event took place on Saturday and we would like to say a big 'Well done' to Robin Fletcher and friends, who between the hours of 6:30 am and 8:20 pm on Saturday completed a triathlon to raise around 700 for the charity.

The day began with a speedy canoe trip from Hereford Rowing Club to Ross Rowing Club and the crew, made up of Robin, Holly Campbell, Robyn Perkins and Chris Mellor covered the 27 miles in approximately five hours. The next leg was a cycle ride from Ross Rowing Club to Tintern Abbey and back to Monmouth Rowing Club, a distance of approximately 60 miles. They were joined on the cycle ride by their friend, Tom. Robin's wife Cathy joined in the final stage of the event; a run beginning at Monmouth Rowing Club, ending at Ross Market House at around 8:20pm.

When asked how he managed to keep going, Robin said, 'I just kept thinking about those young children. I will recover.' This was not just the usual type of quote for the news, he said it breathlessly whilst recovering, and with a sincerity which stood out way beyond the usual prepared answer.

The triathlon is the last event of the series before the charity football match between Aston Villa Veterans and a local side which will take place at the John Kyrle High School on Sunday, 10th October. Admission to this is by programme costing 3 each and these, and further information can be obtained from Ozzy on 07920 819 387 or Gary on 07738 999 278.

For coverage of the triathlon, see this weeks 'The Week in Moving Pictures' video on the Wyenot News page, or if you have missed it, here, in the archive.


The first leg was an early morning canoe trip from Hereford Rowing Club to Ross Rowing Club.

Chris Mellor, Robyn Perkins, Holly Campbell and Robin Fletcher after the canoeing leg.

Setting out to cycle from Ross Rowing Club to Tintern and then back to Monmouth Rowing Club.

Arriving in Ross after the run from Monmouth Rowing Club.

A worn out Chris, Holly, Robyn and Robin at the end of the successful day.

Robin Fletcher with his daughter, Orlaith at the end of his grueling triathlon.
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