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Our TriathElites Challenge!

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Anderselite "TriathElites" talk about their upcoming challenge and how they’re preparing for it!

Simon Vitsaides and Debbie McGurk are both undertaking a charity challenge this weekend.

Along with eight other members of the Anderselite team, they’re travelling to Snowdonia in Wales over the August bank holiday weekend take part in an epic triathlon – all to raise money for charity! They’ve already raised over £1000 but are looking for a final push to get to their target, which you can donate towards here.

The pair have been the driving force behind the event, which aims to raise money for the homelessness charity CRASH, of which Anderselite is a proud patron. The event will include a 17km cycle ride, a 15km trek and finish with a 4km kayaking trip. And this is all to be completed in just 12 hours!

CRASH is a charity very close to those working at Anderselite as it is the charity of choice for the construction and property industry. It is a practical charity which focuses on improving the buildings used by homeless people. They do this in three ways: pro-bono professional expertise, providing free building materials and through cash grants.  The charity receives no government funding and is reliant on generous companies and individuals in the construction sector. Patrons typically commit to making an annual contribution – these help to cover the core running costs of the charity, allowing them to channel 100% of all fundraising donations directly into projects helping homeless individuals. Our close links with the construction industry mean that we’re proud to support these incredible projects as they work to improve the quality of life for Britain’s homeless population.

Simon and Debbie are both big fans of health and fitness. Debbie says: “I wasn’t interested in fitness regimes until I turned 40 but in the decade since then I’ve become a real gym lover. I gave up smoking and can now say I’m in the best shape of my life!” This isn’t the first time either Debbie or Simon have become involved with fundraising for charity – Simon described a past experience: “Last year I agreed to have my legs waxed for Children in Need! It was agony but I was really pleased to raise £260.”

The group of ten undertaking the challenge have been described as an athletic bunch by Simon but that hasn’t stopped them working even harder on their fitness before the challenge. Simon and Debbie have been running a regular boot camp for everyone taking part and for anyone else at Anderselite who wants to join in. Simon explained: “We work on running and building up core strength and fitness. Debbie and I make sure we cheer everyone on and it’s all very supportive.” They also have individual fitness regimes; Debbie runs four times a week, swims five times a week and still finds time for the gym.

Simon and Debbie are both very excited about the challenge, which will hopefully be the beginning of an annual charity event. They do have their worries though: Debbie has shin splints so is concerned about the trekking and Simon admits that he hasn’t had much time to practise kayaking. The pair did reveal how Anderselite has supported them every step of the way. First, all the gym equipment for the boot camp has been provided, whilst all expenses for the trip will be covered and, lastly, all participants have been given the Friday off to travel up to Snowdonia and prepare for the challenge on Saturday.

Best of luck to all taking part in this challenge and, in the meantime, why not give them an extra boost by donating to this fantastic cause here?
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