Jul 2ND

Head of Basketball takes on a Triathlon

Tom Brinkley, Head of Basketball has taken on an Olympic Distance Triathlon to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. He talks to us about the challenge:


I ran the 2018 London Marathon for charity, loved it and I was keen to focus on a new challenge.  I have decided to complete the 2019 London Triathlon on July 27th to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

We have a family connection with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH ) and I wanting to raise funds for this wonderful charity. GOSH does such amazing work for so many children. Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children's hospital which carries out important research, battles the most complex illnesses and supports so many families.

An Olympic Distance Triathlon consists of a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. 

My training plan consists of running 3 plus times a week on average, I often bring running kit to college, in the aim of running at lunch time when possible. I run from one site up to the track, around the track and back. On some occasions my mixed academy students have been up there training and have supported/ cheered me on. 

I normally bike to work on a Friday and aim to ride over the weekend where possible, this is also coupled with one pool session during the week.

I have a philosophy with students and fellow staff, if they can see me trying to improve, further myself etc, then why can't they? It just helps to break barriers, raise expectations and show how amazing sport is. 

I might not be quick on the bike or on the run but I’ll keep going to the finish line. To find out more and support Tom click here.

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