Army trio step up for triathlon challenge
THREE army sergeants are pushing their fitness to the limit in a 40-mile triathlon challenge.
Tony Saxton, Mark Thurman and Scott Seaton-Norton, all from the Freeman Street Army Careers Recruitment Office, will battle it out as they run, cycle and swim at the Oasis Health Club.
The gruelling task is in aid of raising money for a three-month-old baby called Harry, from Leeds, who is awaiting heart surgery at St Thomas Hospital, in London, for a congenital heart condition.
Harry's family rang the recruitment office asking for help to fund their accommodation while Harry was having his operation and the trio agreed.
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They hope to use their training to complete a 13-mile run, 26-mile bike ride and one-mile swim at the health club in Grimsby on Monday from 8am – and they estimate it will take about seven hours to complete.
Sergeant Saxton said: "I want to complete it in around six hours, but I think that might be too ambitious.
"I swim like a fish so hopefully I will be able to complete the 115 lengths easily.
"Hopefully the instructors at the gym and others will cheer us on to keep going."
Sergeant Thurman said: "No task is hard to complete.
"I stand in good stead to complete it and I think I will be best at running because I am part of the Cleethorpes Running Club," he said.
"I run about 25 miles a week and I am really looking forward to the challenge."
It is Colour Sergeant Seaton-Norton's first time taking part in a charity event.
"This is a good thing to do and I can't wait to take part in it and raise money for a good cause," he said.
"Hopefully, we will do it in good time and raise as much money as possible."
Oasis Health Club has donated £100 in sponsorship, Jack Of Clubs social group has also donated £100, Boyes donated T-shirts and Marks Framing and Nicolaou Studios, in Freeman Street, printed the T-shirts for free.
The organisation the trio are raising the cash for is called the Little Treasures Children's Trust.
There are sponsor forms and charity boxes at the health club, as well as the Asda customer service desk.