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Osborne Cawkwell tackle the London Triathlon

At the end of July, three of us will be competing in the team event of the London Triathlon to raise money for the NSPCC. I will be plunging myself into the Thames to swim 1.5K; Shirley will be zooming along the roads of the city, cycling 40K; and tutor Jot will be pounding the pavements around the Excel centre to complete the 10K run.

I took part in the Triathlon 7 years ago (was it really 7 years??) so according to my c.v., I have form; however, since the birth of my son in 2011, I have done very little time in the pool so it has been a real project to ensure I can get enough fitness back to give the 1.5K a good crack. Shirley recently completed the Nove Colli, a bike event in Italy that saw her cover 130K over hilly terrain. We said that surely, the 40K of the triathlon should be a piece of cake after this? But no, Shirley maintains the intensity of the triathlon course will be something different as there is no rest time and so she has a new training challenge. As for Jot…Shirley and I questioned him about his training at Tutor Drinks and discovered that he hasn’t been doing any… Jot met our startled reactions with the question “It’s only 10K, isn’t it?” We obviously had no idea what a good choice we made when we asked him to join our team.

We decided to choose the NSPCC as our charity since we are huge fans of Childline. We are involved in tutoring as we care about giving children the support and tools to succeed in life. For over 25 years, Childline has given children a voice and has offered them help and advice. We hope that the money we raise will support this crucial service.

And on that note, would you sponsor us? If everyone gave us £2 we will hit our target with ease. Thank you so much. 

Right, back to the training.

Lucy Cawkwell

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2 comments

Good luck guys 🙂

If Shirley falls ill, we’ll call on you as the replacement cyclist…

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