Whatsapp banter, old friends and a great cause: meet the triathlon first-timers

Bone Cancer Research Trust

Have you thought about getting together with your friends and doing something a bit different?


Tim Albiston is leading 4 fabulous relay teams of triathlon first-timers, who are busy training ahead of June to take on the World Triathlon Leeds for the Bone Cancer Research Trust. The teams are taking on the challenge in memory of Tim’s son Alex, who had bone cancer and very sadly died aged just 18, in 2010.


Ever since the day Alex was diagnosed with bone cancer, through the period of his treatment and then since the day he sadly passed away, my university friends have been there to offer their support to my family and this has manifested itself into their fundraising efforts for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.


The event will provide the long-time friends and their families with a superb opportunity to meet up. They have remained in touch despite it being over 30 years since they graduated from Durham University.  


With team members travelling from as far afield as Cumbria, London, Newcastle and Germany, we don’t get the opportunity to meet up as often as we would like.




We are all thoroughly looking forward to the day, sharing some banter, competing and hopefully seeing some good crowds along the route in Leeds.




All of us competing in the triathlon were very active in sport during our Durham days and even today we remain as competitive as ever, despite our advancing years.  When I heard about the opportunity to enter relay teams as part of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Series in Leeds, it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of this competitive spirit, raise some money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust and importantly have some fun at the same time.


If you thought you needed to be young, energetic and athletic to take on the challenge of a triathlon, read on!


“The event has really captured the imagination of us all and ever since we signed up several months ago, we regularly correspond (and pass jibes) on how the training is going on the WhatsApp chat group we have set up.  As a triathlon relay event, it has also given us the opportunity for greater participation than in a single charity challenge, as not many of us have a marathon in our legs anymore.”


The Bone Cancer Research Trust has been named as Gold Charity Partner for the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon event which will host over 5,000 amateur participants, from first timers through to experienced triathletes, in a weekend packed full of triathlon action for all abilities.


The Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds represents the pinnacle of triathlon competition in the UK, providing recreational triathletes with a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete on the same course as the world’s best.


The Bone Cancer Research Trust is a Leeds-based, national charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer through research, information, awareness and support. Their ambition is for a future where primary bone cancer is cured.


Discounted entry to the event is available via the Bone Cancer Research Trust website.


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