Hospice sets virtual triathlon challenge – and Burgess Hill leisure centre offers free spin classes in support

A hospice is encouraging its supporters to ‘tri’ something new this February by taking part in its first virtual triathlon.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 4:48 pm
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 4:48 pm
Free spin classes are being offered by Triangle Leisure Centre
Free spin classes are being offered by Triangle Leisure Centre

St Peter and St James Hospice is asking local athletes – or anyone keen to get fitter – to complete a triathlon in their own time throughout the 29 days of February.

Those signing up will need to cycle 40km, swim 1.5km, and either walk or run 10km.

With support from the hospice team, participants will be encouraged to track their progress via a distance tracking app or photos of their exercise monitor.

Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill is also offering free spin sessions throughout the month to help people complete the challenge.

Through its inpatient ward, wellbeing services and specialist community nursing team, St Peter and St James Hospice provides hospice care to people living with terminal illness. Support is also offered to family and friends as they deal with the challenges of bereavement and grief.

With each participant encouraged to collect £80 sponsorship for their efforts, the 2020 Virtual Triathlon will contribute towards the running of these vital services.

Fiona Gray, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: “As a charity, we rely on the generosity of our community to raise over 80 per cent of our running costs.

“Hospice care is very much about helping people to live their best possible quality of life, so events like this really do make a huge difference.’

To sign up to the St Peter and St James Hospice virtual triathlon, visit www.stpjhospice.org for more information or call 01444 470726.