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Teresa Benyon – Knight of Notts

Teresa-BenyonWe are delighted to induct Teresa Benyon from Dunkirk, Nottingham as a Knight of Notts.  Having wanted to challenge herself for some time and has always liked the idea of entering a triathlon but has reservations about swimming outdoors.  A keen swimmer, cyclist and runner a triathlon had always appealed but Teresa had never done all three activities together.

As a taster, Teresa designed herself a challenging yet achievable mini triathlon of her own which she was also keen to fundraise for.  On March 20th, Teresa who is 60 in September, cycled 3km from her home in Dunkirk to the local John Carroll leisure centre.  After dropping off her swimming kit, she ran 5km at Harvey Haddon before cycling 4.5km back to swim 1500 meters in just over an hour, more than doubling her previous longest swim of 750m!  An epic effort completing over 60 lengths.  As if that wasn’t enough, then hopped back on her bike and cycled 3km back to Dunkirk where she treated herself to a well-earned session of relaxation in a local health suite and sauna.  FITC applauds Teresa for her creative thinking and innovatively designed course of her mini-triathlon.

Teresa still has aspirations of a triathlon but admits this maybe an indoor triathlon and we are sure with this spirit and determination that this is very much achievable for her.  Teresa raised a great total of £125 in sponsorship which she split between Sport-Relief and Portland Centre.  She has asked Centre manager Helena to order some Swiss Balls and a frame to store them on and they will be a welcome addition to the Portland equipment as the centre continues to improve through renovation and refurbishment improvements.  A huge well done Teresa and many thanks from Football in the Community and Portland Centre for your hard work and support.