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Jonothan Wright completes 125 Triathlon for I CAN

Jonothan Wright, I CAN Communication Advisor, completed a triathlon in support of I CAN’s 125th Anniversary.

Last Saturday,  I completed an ambitious challenge for I CAN as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations. The plan was to take in some of my local Todmorden landmarks by cycling, running and swimming with a 125 theme – 100km on the bike, 25km on foot and 1.25km open-water swim at the remote Gaddings Dam above Todmorden. The added challenge was that, recovering from Lyme disease last year, I was unable to do much training in preparation for the day without exhausting myself.

Conditions were far from ideal as we set off – a strong northerly wind and showers forecast for the whole day. With members from my local running club, the Todmorden Harriers and other friends for support, we soon started climbing up Cragg Vale (on next year’s Tour de France route) and into the low cloud. Next was the struggle into the headwind up Cock Hill and then on towards Stanbury. After a well-earnt and tasty re-fuelling at the Old Rock Cafe in Trawden, only the climbs over Long Causeway and Flower Scar remained to complete the first section, in 5 hours 45 minutes.

An adrenaline-driven start to the run had my support runners urging me to slow down – wise words as there was still a long way to go, with approximately 1000m of ascent! The summits of Trough End Edge, Flower Scar and Bridestones seemed to merge into one in the mist and low cloud that was ever-present. After almost 3 hours we made it to the final climb – straight up to Stoodley Pike – which felt almost vertical. My running legs returned on the relatively flat section over to Gaddings, where a hardy bunch of supporters were ready to cheer me on to the final section.

The cloud was low over the water at Gaddings Dam which made navigation across the water almost impossible. However, the water temperature of 8.7 degrees meant that a long swim was not a safe option. A quick length under the shelter of the north wall of the dam and back again made about 250 metres – enough for me and my support swimmer Mark.

All that remained was to get into some dry clothes and a quick dash back down the hill to Todmorden and a nice cup of tea! Thanks to all my supporters – the road crew, cyclists, runners and especially Mark, who did some of all three disciplines!

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