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Hilton-Baird trio complete triathlon!


After a total of 29 miles, countless hills and two punctures, Alex Hilton-Baird, Jamie Weeden and Carl Burkitt completed the Wightlink Wight Challenge.

The team started the triathlon with a tough 19 mile cycle up and down many of the Isle of Wight’s grassy hills, on which they battled with a couple of burst inner tubes, before moving on to a 2 mile canoe and then eventually digging deep for a gruelling 8 mile run through grass, sand, tarmac and mud.

Despite equipment malfunctions, a river current that wanted to send them to France and a bucket load of lactic acid, the trio finished the event in a respectable four hours and 35 minutes; completing the cycle in two hours and 32 minutes, the canoe in 34 minutes and the run in one hour and 29 minutes.

The event, sponsored by Wightlink Ferries, was superbly put together with 28 teams taking part in order to raise money for three fantastic causes: Wessex Heartbeat, who have raised £13 million since 1992 to support the Wessex Cardiac Centre, Sail4Cancer, a charity that funds day trips and holidays for families living with cancer and The Rainbow Centre, a provider of Conductive Education services for children with Cerebral Palsy and adults with MS and Parkinson’s.

If you’d like to sponsor the team and donate something to these charities, then there is still time to do so via this link:

Thank you to everyone for your support, it made a real difference in helping the team cross the finishing line.