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Nelson student completes triathlon challenge in memory of family friend
A STUDENT from Nelson used the memory of a family friend to inspire her through a gruelling triathlon at an Olympic venue.
Robyn Pinder, 20, had been dreading the 800-metre swim, as part of the Shock Absorber challenge at Dorney Lake in Berkshire.
But the former Blessed Trinity pupil, of Rickard Road, Nelson, came through the leg unscathed and eventually came home in just under two-and-a-half hours.
Robyn, who has now raised £566 for Breast Cancer Care, through sponsorship and has dedicated her successful stint to family friend Sandra Strutt.
She lost her battle with breast cancer in July 2010 and Robyn’s aunt Kirsten is also in remission from the disease, having had one breast removed.
Robyn, who also attended Burnley College and is now studying for her PGCE teaching qualification at Carlisle University, added: “I have witnessed first-hand the pain and suffering breast cancer can cause.”
Her initial misgivings about the waterside stretch of the triathlon had centred on removing her wetsuit afterwards.
But because of the hot weather conditions, judges ruled that wetsuits could be discarded for the competition.
Robyn had become interested in the triathlon after watching last year’s London Olympics and had to overcome a 30-kilometre bike ride and seven-kilometre slog to finish off.
Her next aim is to double her fundraising total with a quiz night at Belvedere and Calder Vale sports club in Holden Road, Reedley, on Thursdsay, August 29, from 8pm.
Teams of six are being sought and there will be prizes for runners-up and winners.
The cost of entry is £5 per player and includes supper.
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