Swanswell team member Dean’s Triathlon Challenge only days away

26 September 2011

There’s only a few days to go before Swanswell worker Dean Gammon takes on his challenge of a lifetime.

He’ll join up to 1400 other people in the Warwickshire Triathlon on Sunday 2 October and will take part in a 400 metre swim, 23km cycle race and 5km run around Stratford-on-Avon.

With temperatures set to reach up to an unseasonal 28 degrees Celsius in some places this weekend, it’s no mean feat in itself but there’s an added challenge – Dean has had to learn to swim from scratch in order to take part.

Dean said: ‘The overall distance doesn’t worry me too much as I enjoy keeping fit and am often out and about on my bike. However, the biggest challenge for me will be the 400 metre swim.

I’ve never really been interested in learning how to swim but decided it’s about time I did. The triathlon gave me the added incentive to do it and I’ve not looked back. It’ll be tough but I’m really looking forward to it.’

It’s not the first time Dean has been involved in fundraising while he’s been with Swanswell.

Earlier this year, he joined colleagues to take part in the Corporation Street Challenge - a 35-mile sponsored bike ride from the charity’s head office in Rugby to its office in Birmingham, raising money for Comic Relief.

On World Book Night, he also made a 30-mile trip on two wheels to deliver books to clients in Birmingham, again to raise money for charity. However, this time round Dean is hoping to raise money for Swanswell.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘I’m delighted that Dean’s taken on this personal challenge to help people affected by substance misuse.

Dean’s determined approach to learning how to swim is a good way to represent the journey that many of our clients take to achieve their goals too.

We wish him lots of luck in the triathlon this weekend and I’m sure he will find it a very worthwhile experience.’

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