Parkheath estate agents stepped up their charity fund raising challenge this year – with two relay teams competing head to head in a grueling triathlon.
The heat was on office teams from Belsize Park and West Hampstead as they took part in this year’s King Sturge Property Triathlon to raise money for motor neurone disease.
The sun beat down as team captains, and rival lettings managers, Annette Ross and Kate O’Neill kicked of the race by competing against each other in the 750 meter swim leg at Dorney Lake in Eton – the setting for the up and coming 2012 Olympic rowing events. Their team mates then followed with a 20km cycle and 5km run to complete the course.
Both teams had an added incentive to finish in good time with Parkheath MD, Tom Gladwin making a solo effort competing in the Individual Race and storming home in just 1 hour 19 minutes. At the end of the day the battle between the offices was won by the NW3 team who crossed the finish line first, beating their rivals NW6 by an impressive 15 minutes.
Parkheaths triathlon efforts have so far raised over £1600 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association – the charity which helps those effected by the a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones.. Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.
The King Sturge Property Triathlon is now in its third year and has already firmly established itself as one of the top five UK triathlons by size. The event to date has raised over £500,000 for charity and has seen more than 3,500 people take part.