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Team McCloskey raises more than £1,400 from charity Triathlon efforts

Team McCloskey raises more than £1,400 from charity Triathlon efforts

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil successfully helped a family member raise hundreds of pounds from a challenging fundraising task.

Tom McCloskey, who left the school in 2017, assisted mother Emma with her first charity triathlon to raise funds for the Conwy Freewheelers Adapted Cycling Club and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

Emma has lived with Chronic Juvenile Arthritis for the last 40 years and Tom volunteered to complete the running portion of the Superhero Tri-Para Triathlon, which took place at Dorney Lake in Windsor on Saturday, August 18.

Father Paul McCloskey participated in the swimming section across the lake, with Emma cycling 3km.

Mrs McCloskey, said: “It was a fabulous event, with 3,000 participants, totally inclusive of all types of disabilities and able bodied alike. 

“I had such a good time competing and am so lucky to be so well supported by my family to take part.

“Both Paul and Tom were amazing.  When you compare chip times for each element, they finished fifth in both the swim and the run.

“The race is supported by celebrity paralympians, and as far as I can see, Tom was only beaten by celebrity competitors. We finished 58th as a team.

“Ben Lightowler from Conwy Freewheelers Adapted Cycling Club also joined us for the day as my ‘sidekick’ to cycle the course alongside me in case I got into difficulty. 

“We are hoping next year the club could enter a group of its members to take part.”

As a result of her exceptional efforts, the McCloskey team raised a total of £720 for NRAS (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society) and a further £700 for Conwy Freewheelers.

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