We are currently trying to recruit as many people as possible to join a 100-strong Kensal & Queens Park-area team at the Blenheim Palace Triathlon on Sunday 2nd June.
Come get involved! You can be any shape or size or level of fitness.
There are Relay, Quarter and Half distance events to suit everyone and you can do the event in an hour or three hours, whatever suits you best.
Our youngest entrant is 4 or the eldest is 73!
Raise money for great local causes
You don’t have to fundraise but we’d LOVE it if you did as it will help a range of great local causes.
We will be raising money for a wide range of them.
You pick the one you like best – whether Kensal Rise Library, Salusbury World, St Laurence’s Larder, Sufra NW, The Avenues, Mayhew, your child’s school, or anyone of your choice (or a mixture of any of the above!).
We don’t mind if you just raise £10 or you raise £500. It’s your taking part that’s most important to us. We’ll help you get a fundraising page up and running. Here are some examples from last year!
Free Moberly Sports Centre membership!
If you agree to raise £100 for the local charity of your choice then the lovely Moberly Sports Centre will give you a month’s free membership to help you get fit (or just enjoy their sauna!).
…or Swimming Nature classes
You also will be offered two women’s or men’s swimming lessons in a wet-suit with Swimming Nature at the Maqam.
Lizzie Barker Fitness is offering free Group PT and Gym Locomotive at the Tay will give you a free fitness assessment!
As well as individuals we will have local teams involved: these include Kensal Rise Library, Sufra NW, St Laurence’s Larder, The Shop, Malorees School, with more to follow.
Does this mean tons of training?
No, not unless you want it to. You can turn up and the day and do the events very slowly or you can challenge friends or local businesses and charities to see who is the fastest in our area.
We’ve mentioned the Moberly, Maqam, Lizzie and Gym Locomotive……we will also do training around Queens Park, Tiverton Green, Gladstone Park, some swimming at Hampstead Ponds, the Serpentine and at Denham Lake.
There will be Hampstead bike rides and around Richmond Park.
You can do a bit, a lot or none of the above with as many or as few people as you wish.
How to enter?
You enter via us!
We’ll get you 20% off the usual entry for a 1pm start (with all of us together as one magnificent bunch) or our local charities will discuss an arrangement with them if you can raise some sponsorship money for them.
We will also help sort out lifts to and from the event, free wet-suit and bike loans etc.
The event choice is:
- Relay (£60pp) – you EITHER swim 750m or cycle 19km or run for 5.3km
- Super Sprint (£100) – you do half the above distances but do all three
- Sprint (£110) – you do all three of the Relay distances
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or call Giles on 07753 949 301.
What a wonderful neighbourhood.
Thank you to everyone who bid for the prizes, to all the lovely local businesses who made it possible and to everyone who helped spread the word.
The brilliant news is that the auction has raised £3,001 for St Laurence’s Larder and Sufra NW. The breakdown is here.
The Maqam, Parlour, Lexi, Kensal Pines, Bagsoflove, Mindful Kids – you all totally rock.
A special thank you to the wonderful Moberly Sports Centre for accepting TWO bids for single membership. This means they contributed over £1,000!
- St Laurence’s is keen to put your money towards buying essential warm, waterproof clothes and underwear that many of the rough sleepers ask for each day.
- Sufra NW already put a call out last week as they have been short of certain food items. They are also trying to raise £20,000 so they can buy a van which will help them continue to collect and distribute food to charities such as St Laurence’s.
The auction was a wonderful way for local people to come together but it’s really mostly been about raising awareness so please continue to support their work – even likes and shares on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram cost nothing but help them to get the word out and engage more people…..
The last word from Andra of St Laurence’s:
“I’d just like to give an example of what this means in practice. This week alone Laurence’s Larder will provide advice and a hot meal plus food parcels to about 90 people on Tuesday and again on Thursday. Of those, about a third are sleeping rough, a third are in hostels or temporary accommodation and others just can’t make ends meet or come for companionship.
The Larder will also offer warm clothes, sleeping bags etc, mainly for men, donated by kind local people- about 240 items a week. So thanks for bidding on the auction, and to the fab businesses that donated prizes – that’s Christmas spirit in action!”
Can you help the hungry, homeless and vulnerable in our area?
Did you know as many as 90 people a day, including rough sleepers, are receiving free hot meals, counselling, showers, or clean clothes at St Laurence’s on Christchurch Ave?
Or that over 3,700 people visited Stonebridge-based Sufra NW last year to get emergency provisions of essential food and toiletries?
Both these wonderful charities urgently need more volunteers and donations.
You can read more about them here.
An online local auction
Click here to read more about the prizes and how to bid. We invite anyone to bid, using text, Instagram or email.
Winners will be announced just after 9pm on Sunday 16th December.
Every penny will be paid to St Laurence’s and Sufra NW (not to us!).
If auctions aren’t your thing……please take a couple of minutes to read “Other Ways to Help”. This is not an exhaustive list of brilliant work in our area (do let us know what’s missing!) but we thought you might appreciate our research.
Thanks for reading everyone – and happy bidding!