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SSAFA TRIATHLON


The 7th annual Wattisham triathlon took place on Saturday 11th May, in support for SSAFA at Wattisham. An important fundraising opportunity with all money raised at Wattisham being spent at Wattisham.

The triathlon takes place entirely within the confines of the Station, making it a unique event and incorporates a 300m swim, 20km on-road cycle and a 5km run.

Each year the event has grown and 2013 was no exception with an impressive 260 competitors taking part, made up of individuals and relay teams. There was an exciting atmosphere thanks to the mix of participants from civilians and military, novices and club members.

Over £5000 was raised for vital funds for the Wattisham Station SSAFA organisation. This money is utilised to fund the provision of practical and financial support to Wattisham serving soldiers and their families. This also includes funding the Wattisham volunteer network that provides personal and emotional support to the community, from a friendly chat to assistance during operational deployments.

Lt Col Allison Eke, chair of the Wattisham SSAFA committee and member of the winning relay team commented “Strong winds made this a challenging ride and run but nevertheless some great times were achieved, and as always an extremely well-run event thanks to race director Lee Bark and SSAFA secretary Sharon Walker, was enjoyed by all. Thanks to all the very many helpers required to support such a major sporting event, especially the team from 7 AA Bn REME, and to those who came to cheer on the competitors.”

A detailed list of all winners and results can be found on the Wattisham Triathlon Website www.wattishamtrialthon.co.uk . Applications for 2014 are encouraged to apply in good time for the 2014 triathlon as places fill up quickly.

A big thanks to our race organisers and generous sponsors – SERCO, Aviation Training International Ltd, Innovatum, Aramark, Hirebase, Wincanton, Morson International, Bosch of Stowmarket, Pevonia/Simply Beautiful of Needham Market and Starmark Sports Stowmarket. Additional thanks to Sudbury Air Cadets who manned the water stops and Vicky Etherington who created and manages the website.

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