triathlon-imageHave you ever won a sporting event – been surrounded by cheering crowds as your parents stand at the finish line teary with pride at the achievement you’ve dedicated your whole life to?

Me neither.

In the sprint triathlon I took part in on Sunday, I came 188th out of 194.

On the upside, it was my first one, I actually finished it and raised 760 quid for the Alzheimer’s Society.

It was a genuinely brilliant day – for anyone looking to do their first event, I’d highly recommend attending one run by West Yorks Police (http://toughnutevents.co.uk/). There was a friendly and supportive atmosphere and plenty of first-timers around to share our nerves and anxiety.

The support of the athletes, my family and those that donated kept me going, even when I had to stop on the cycle for a third time to fix a pretty serious puncture. The weather was all we could have asked for and the locals coming out to cheer us on combined with the generous sponsorship from all the Can Studios guys was a huge morale boost that got me over the finish line.

My friend and colleague, Simon Mann, joined me on the day and absolutely smashed it. Ten years my senior and starting fifteen minutes after me, he could have prepared a celebratory three course meal for me by the time I got over the finish line. He came an impressively respectable 86th so I accepted the bottle of water and biscuit with as much grace as I could muster.

So now we’re hooked!

We’re signing up to the Matlock Triathlon on 31st August and the Holmfirth Duathlon on 27th September.

And remember, it’s not too late to donate to the Alzheimer’s Society, here:

https://www.justgiving.com/ChristopherMBarnes