Teacher from Fernhurst takes part in super triathlon MadTri

L-R  Matt Harrison,  Tim  Marshall, and Alan Foster  who are doing a week long triathlon from Grimsby to Ventnor for Cancer Research UK. Contributed Picture
L-R Matt Harrison, Tim Marshall, and Alan Foster who are doing a week long triathlon from Grimsby to Ventnor for Cancer Research UK. Contributed Picture

A TEACHER from Fernhurst has joined two others to complete a Super Triathlon to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Alan Foster, whose mother Rosemary was also a teacher, is taking part with Tim Marshall and Matt Harrison, who all teach at Aldwickbury School in Harpenden, on the Coast to Coast MadTri.

Tim proposed the idea, having lost both his grandmother and an uncle to cancer. Alan agreed straightaway as his father had also died from cancer.

Alan said: “It is an illness which affects everybody in the world, right now I can think of several friends whose lives are seriously affected – and it is not just the elderly.”

The cycling starts in Grimsby and over six days, averaging 70 miles, they reach Bournemouth via Northampton, High Wycombe and Shepton Mallet. There will be a moment’s rest waiting for the right tide before they throw themselves into the sea at Hurstpier Point and swim to Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight.

Then a change of clothes and an overnight stop before they run the twenty miles to Ventnor.

All the main places visited on the MadTri are locations which meant something to Tim’s relations.

The triathlon is underway, and will finish on August 2, timed to fit in with the school holidays.

Alan has upped his general fitness, although admits that his longest biking is generally the half mile to school and back each day. He has been swimming at West Wittering in preparation, but his main sport is cricket – playing for Fernhurst.

To support this great effort and donate to Cancer Research go to www.justgiving.com/Tim-marshall1.