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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Triumphant triathlon duo raise £1,000 for Alzheimer's Research

* John Palmer, left, with son Nic, both proudly showing off their triathlon finisher's medals.

* John Palmer in action at Ellesmere.

Neither a Llangollen man or his son were able to splash out in the triathlons they completed to raise cash for Alzheimer's Research last weekend.    

Last Sunday both John Palmer and his son Nic, from Glyndyfrdwy, each took part in a triathlon challenge in memory of Lyn Palmer - respectively their wife and mother - who died from dementia last March after being diagnosed with the condition in 2013.  

John joined the fray in the sprint triathlon in Ellesmere, Shropshire while Nic took on the Bala Standard Triathlon at Bala Lake.

But, although they both finished their events things didn't go exactly according to plan for either of them.

John explained: "I was supposed to do a speed triathlon which was a 7.5 km in the lake followed by a 25 km bike ride and a 5 km run.

"But when we arrived there had been a blue/green algae bloom on the water so it was not safe to swim.  

"Nic was supposed to do an Olympic triathlon which consists of a I.5 km swim followed by a 40 km bike ride and a 10 km run. However, when he got to Bala the mist was so low and thick that it would not have been possible to see the swimmers.

"In the end the organisers in each case changed things, so we both did run-cycle-run in the end.

"We managed to complete our triathlons successfully and the next day I could even walk down stairs without assistance."

John added: "We would both like to thank everyone for their very kind support and we were delighted to reach our goal of £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Research."

Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity. 

It funds world-class pioneering scientists to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia.

* There's still time to support Nic and John on their gofundme page at:

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