Enjoying the water


These last few weeks, as well as going to the Tri2O Triathlon Club Monday night swim, I’ve found I can get a lane to myself at the Basingstoke Sports Centre if I pick my time. Two swims a week is unheard of for me and I can feel my technique improving. A couple of weeks ago I swam the first 2km of bilateral breathing I’ve done in 25 years or so! Jon and I have decided to do the Jubilee River Swim together in July (like last year), and we’ve just signed up for the 5km individual event of this year’s Swimathon, in a couple of weeks time. (That’s the same weekend as the Tri2O Swim Centre opens for the season, hurrah!)

The Swimathon is in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, so if you’d like to support their amazing work providing nursing care and support to terminally ill people and their families, please sponsor me.

Awesome Total for The Brain Tumour Charity


The Brain Tumour CharityIt has been hugely motivating over the course of the last few weeks to hear from several other people about how brain tumours have affected your lives, families and friends. Find out about this charity’s research projects and the support they offer at http://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/.

Your support has meant that we’ve raised over £1,100 for The Brain Tumour Charity, something to be extremely proud of.

Thank you again.

P.S. JustGiving will keep the page at justgiving.com/garethsb open for donations for another couple of weeks.

Tri for The Brain Tumour Charity

The Brain Tumour CharityBrain tumours are the most common cause of cancer deaths in children and adults under 40. The Brain Tumour Charity make a bold statement of intent: We will change this. They provide support services to those affected; fund cutting edge research to find a cure; and raise awareness of this devastating disease.

I want to support this worthwhile cause and am using my journey to Canada as a member of the Great Britain age-group team for the 2014 Triathlon World Championships to fundraise for The Brain Tumour Charity. I have done something like an hour of training for every 5 seconds that I’ll be racing on 29 August, and knowing that I’m racing for this cause too will be an added boost.

For more information about the research and patient support that our donations will enable, see www.thebraintumourcharity.org.

To make a donation, please visit justgiving.com/garethsb or givey.com/garethsb. (JustGiving is probably more familiar. Givey is based on the PayPal Giving Fund platform, and 100% of both your donation and your Gift Aid go to the charity, making it worth slightly more than JustGiving, but it does have a quirky donation process that requires you to create a login/account on their website in order to make the Gift Aid declaration.)

Thank you.