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Belinda's Bizarre Biathlon - Raising Funds for Young Gloucestershire
On 10th February 2022, she started a challenge that will take most of 2022 to complete!
First she is going to swim to Heathrow Airport and then she is going to trek across the desert to Petra in Jordan.
The first part of the "Bizarre Biathlon" involves swimming the 155km (95 mile) distance from her home in Cheltenham to Heathrow Airport. The distance will be mostly swum at CLC Sports Centre in Cheltenham, with extra distance being totted up a Cheltenham Lido and Lake 86, South Cerney (when the weather warms up a little.) It should take about 4 months to complete.
The second part of the "Bizarre Biathlon" will find Belinda spending 8 days in Jordan, which includes swimming (or floating?!) in the Dead Sea and spending 5 days trekking across the desert by day and camping by night, to arrive in the ancient city of Petra.
Young Gloucestershire (YG) is a youth-work charity working across the County supporting disadvantaged young people (aged 11-25) who face challenges in their lives including poor mental-health, unemployment, exclusion from school, or those who are at risk from exploitation.
Your donation to Young Gloucestershire:
£5 would provide lunch for a week to a young person on a programme
£20 provides a Stagecoach weekly Megarider pass for a young person
£50 could provide a young person with a first aid or food-hygiene qualification
"I have wanted to raise funds for Young Gloucestershire ever since I first found out all about YG and had a tour of their previous premises with Tracy Clark, CEO, in 2018. Then the opportunity arose for me to trek to Petra with a friend. I did not need to think twice about which charity I was going to support. As the Petra trek was delayed a year because of covid, I realised that I have more time to fund raise, whilst training for the challenge. As I am a keen swimmer, it seemed to make sense (at the time at least!!) to set myself the challenge to swimming to Heathrow to catch the plane for the trek."
Tracy Clark, CEO Young Gloucestershire and Infobuzz says:
"Belinda, we are so grateful for all you are doing. Young Gloucestershire ask young people to challenge themselves each day to change their story for the better, you challenging yourself with swimming and walking is a great way to raise fund to enable us to be able to support those young people! Read more about the young people we support here."
Keep up to date with regular updates including maps of the distance completed on Just Giving here.
To view the spreadsheet with the most up to date distance, visit Google docs.
Update Friday 22nd April 2022
LOOK AT THIS PHOTO and tell me…What do you see? 👀
What I am doing in my swim suit at Membury Services on the M4??!! 🤩
A few weeks ago I was celebrating the fact that I reached Membury Services in Belinda’s Bizarre Biathlon charity swim 🏊🏻♀️🏊🏻♀️🏊🏻♀️ www.Glos.info/YG🎉🎉
Well due to the untimely arrival of covid, I was stuck there for 2 weeks living on Whoppers and KFC and then it took me another 2 weeks to get back up to pace. I am now passed Junction 14 and well on the way to Junction 13 on the M4.
Thank you for all your support!
PS. This photo is photoshopped - of course!!
By Thursday 17th February 2022, Belinda had swum 10km to Birdlip.
Update: Monday 28th February 2022
Belinda's Bizarre Biathlon update: Yesterday I swam past Travelodge Hotel Cirencester and my next target is Lake 86 Open Water Swimming, which I should reach later in the week. So I have already swum 30 of the 155 km to Heathrow Airport that I am doing for Young Gloucestershire.
Once I have completed the swim the next step will be the Trek to Petra!
UPDATE FRIDAY 18TH MARCH 2022
£530 so far! Thank you...
In case you are wondering how the swim for Belinda's Bizarre Biathlon is going, I am just getting on with it every day in the background and did 100 lengths this morning which means that I am now on the M5!! Joined at Junction 15 at Swindon and heading off towards Membury Services. I get to all the glamorous locations!!
So I am 59 km into my 155km swim, as you can see here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18cqlRng2rgk_nrk95dzEg3wnxdZwQxcCh1FeWusYXEA/edit#gid=0
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far, I am sure Young Gloucestershire are very pleased to be receiving all that money, when folks are being so generous to Ukraine too.
Thank you for your support!
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