Pedalling, Paddling and Pacing for Charity

Mike Sharpe shares his story of this year’s Pedal Paddle Pace event…

The Winchester ‘Pedal Paddle Pace’ (or PPP for short) is a fun triathlon which takes place in the water meadows of Winchester, all to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event is made up of a 20k cycle round the lanes of the Itchen Valley, a 5k run by the river, and culminates in a 2k kayak. The event was set up by Macmillan fundraisers but after entry declined to just 40 competitors in 2006, the event folded. Missing the competitive but fun nature of the challenge, a group of friends and I took the reins the following year. The number of participants has since steadily grown to a record 475 competing last Sunday 20 July. The event is funded by the support and generosity of local Winchester and Hampshire businesses including, this year, a very generous donation from Denplan. These donations make the world of difference, as they ensure that all entry fees can go directly to Macmillan. Including corporate and personal sponsorship, this year’s return for Macmillan is set to hit £30K which will take the fundraising under the current committee past £100K.

You can watch the highlights of this year’s event here:

This year’s fastest male, a past Olympian, sailed round the course in 1 hour and 6 minutes, with the fastest female completing in 1 hour and 15 minutes. It would be great to see some teams from the Creston Group next year!

For further information see www.winchesterppp.co.uk Twitter @winchesterppp or to make a doantion to Macmillan go to www.justgiving.com/ppp2014

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Mike Sharpe
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Article date - 25/07/2014
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