The Smedley's Terrific Triathlon

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Holly and Oliver Smedley's traithlon for First Touch


On Sunday 21st July 2013 Oliver and Holly Smedley set about completing an Olympic distance triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run) at Eton Dorney to raise funds for First Touch in memory of their baby daughter Gemma who lost her fight against the effects of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome in November 2003. Their surviving twin Annabel spent 5 weeks in the NNU at St George’s and is now a thriving 9 year old. She, along wither younger sister Jennifer, was there to support every stroke, pedal and step of their parent’s endurance.

Training was tough and weather conditions were so bad at a sprint distance triathlon a few weeks before that Holly and Oliver began to wonder what they were doing. However, they said the incredible support they had received for First Touch through sponsorship got them through it and they were thrilled when they managed to complete the Olympic Triathlon both beating their target times with Oliver finishing in 2 hours 44 minutes and Holly in 3 hours 22 minutes.

Although training was physically tough and the whole experience has been emotional Oliver and Holly found it very rewarding and are delighted to have raised £4640.89 for First Touch.



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  • Donations received so far - £50
  • Target of total funds for the year - £210,000