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RehabCare Ballyfermot Complete a Triathlon with a Difference!

02/07/2014 RehabCare Ballyfermot Complete a Triathlon with a Difference!

The staff and people who use RehabCare’s services in Ballyfermot set themselves a challenge by completing a mammoth 200km physical challenge with a difference. The tailor made triathlon took place over three days, which saw everybody from the service take part to reach a combined total of 200km through walking, cycling and swimming. The aim of RehabCare Ballyfermot Triathlon was to set a physical challenge for everyone and to raise money to enhance the services that RehabCare provide.

The first day of the Triathlon had a goal of 106 kilometres set and first up were six members of the Bike Club who all cycled 13km each (78km in total). Three people pulled on their walking shoes and walked 8km each (24km) while a sole rider pushed out 4km on the exercise bicycle in the resource centre. There was a real motivational mood in the centre with the cookery class providing healthy smoothies for the walkers and cyclists when they returned to the centre on the Kylemore Road.

Just like the sun, on what was the hottest day of the year so far, the determination of everyone involved shone through on Day Two. The walking group covered 30kms around Ballyfermot with programme supervisor Sarah McAree leading the way with four services users doing 6km each. Throughout the morning ten people clocked up the kilometres and built up a sweat on the treadmills and the exercise bikes in the resource centre’s gym.  As many people headed for the beach to cool down staff members Georgina Nnamani and Osamede Omowemwenguan led a walking group in the locality covering 14kms bringing the day’s total up to 59kms. A fantastic achievement given then heat!

A rest day followed to make sure that everyone was in top form for the final stretch. The goal was to reach 200km meaning there was 35km to go on the final day. Programme supervisor Amy and her swimmers took the baton in Clondalkin Swimming Pool, gliding their way through 3.2km while organiser Donna Hughes and her group got back in the saddle one last time and racked up the final 40km between them. With all the kilometres added up everyone was thrilled to find out that they exceeded their 200km target and reached 208.2km between them.

Paul Heffernan who took part said “I was supposed to cycle on the exercise bicycle for 3km but I actually did 4km, I fundraised €65 on my sponsorship card and felt great afterwards for my achievements. I hope to keep up the exercise so as to increase my fitness levels”. Derek Keogh who was one of the cyclists from Bike Club who covered 13km. He said “I enjoyed taking part in the triathlon, it was fun and we were lucky with the weather on the day. We cycled from Ballyfermot all the way to Ballsbridge and back again”.

Walker Terri O’ Neill said “I enjoyed the walking, it was very good and I felt part of a team in doing the triathlon, the support from others was amazing. We were cheered on by everyone in the centre and this gave me motivation. I am on a weight loss programme as part of my Personal Centered Plan (PCP) and I’ve lost almost two stone since February. This time last year, I could not have taken part in a Triathlon.”

Donna Hughes, programme facilitator and organiser said, “It was fantastic to not only reach but exceed our target. Everyone was able to take part, no matter what their fitness level was. It was a real team effort. It was the hottest week of the year which presented us with some challenges, but it was also great to be out in the local community enjoying the fine weather. We’d like to thank everyone who sponsored us. We are still collecting the cards but we’ll have the final amount soon.”

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