Members of Absolute Triathlon Club in Nottingham have raised £18,000 for new UK charity the Karen Green Foundation by taking part in long distance triathlon The Outlaw on 1 July 2012.
The Karen Green Foundation was only established earlier this year by club member Mick Green, 46, who lost his wife Karen to Leukaemia in July 2011. Mick was one of 70 club members who took part in the gruelling endurance race which included a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run either as a solo effort or as part of a relay team. The award winning Outlaw Triathlon is now in its third year and attracts around 1000 competitors.
“Outlaw was a huge challenge and there were times that I really didn’t know whether I could do it,” Mick explained. “But the camaraderie of the entrants was absolutely brilliant and I when I eventually got in the swing of it, I loved it. To come up to the finishing line with all the supporters of the Karen Green Foundation and my fellow club members was a dream come true; to run down the finish line with [children] Ellie and Jenni was like nothing else.
“I am delighted to have completed the event and have raised so much money for the charity, which we set up in Karen’s memory.”
The Karen Green Foundation is a Nottingham based charity working to raise funds for organisations and individuals researching, treating and fighting leukaemia and cancers of the blood. The foundation was launched in 2012 in memory of Karen Green who bravely lost her battle to Leukaemia in July 2011. Donations are still being received following the Outlaw and it is hoped that a target of £20,000 will be achieved shortly.