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Katy Campbell

Triathlon for Laura

I'm attempting the Alpe d'Huez triathlon for St Peter's Hospice because they looked after my lovely friend Laura

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St Peter's Hospice

We care for adults with incurable illnesses to help improve their quality of life

Charity Registration No. 269177

Story

My lovely friend Laura was diagnosed with  cancer in March 2013, at the age of 32. I immediately felt the need to do 'something', and with the help of friends came up with the idea of tackling a triathlon.  I asked Laura to nominate a charity, and she chose St Peter's.

Laura underwent a course of chemotherapy, remaining incredibly cheerful and positive throughout.  Although she appeared much better when her treatment finished in September, her condition worsened rapidly a couple of months later, and sadly she died on boxing day.  I will miss her forever.

I completed three triathlons in 2014. I then won a competition in 220 Triathlon magazine to be mentored by Chrissie Wellington, four time Ironman world champion and world record holder! So a big challenge was required. 

My A-goal was the Alpe d'Huez long distance triathlon: 2.2K swim in a mountain lake, 115K bike (including the famous Tour de France climb amongst others), and a 22K run. Slightly further than a half Ironman, and extremely tough with 2700m ascent on the bike. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but I got there in the end!

It's been an incredible year, and I am forever indebted to everyone who has supported me in whatever capacity. I could not have done it without you.

I have written about the experience in (great!) detail on
 my  blog.

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  • Climbing up the Alpe!
  • With Chrissie and coach Matt +4

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