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Triathalon Champion Lifesaver Needs Your Support

13 July 2007

13 July 2007

Dewsbury-based Paramedic Chris Fothergill is through to the finals of the World Championship Triathlon. Chris - who is part of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Lifecycle Team - won the British heat of the 35-39 age-group of the competition, which took place in Wakefield last weekend. This means he's qualified to take part in the World Championship in Hamburg in Germany this September.

Chris - who is part of the Wakefield Triathlon Club - will have to swim 1 1/2 kilometres, cycle 40 kilometres and run 10 kilometres in the race. He's been involved in the triathlon for two years and has competed in five races in that time.

Chris said of his World Championship qualifying race: "I did a pretty good swim and came out about eighth. I was then onto my strongest event - cycling - and just kept passing people. When I got to the run my coach told me I was in first position but had a very strong runner minutes behind me. I just kept going and I did it.

"It feels brilliant knowing I'm going to the World Championships. I had a lot of support from my family - in particular my wife. Fitting family, work and training in was tough, but it's been worth it."

Chris now needs to raise ?800 sponsorship so he can take part in the event.
If you can help please contact him on: 07711 862 806.

Photo cap - Paramedic Chris Fothergill with his British Championship Triathlon medal

Notes to Editors:

1. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) operates 60 Ambulance Stations throughout the county, with its main headquarters in Wakefield. It holds a budget of £147 million. YAS was formed on 1 July 2006 when Tees, East and North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Metropolitan and South Yorkshire Ambulance Services merged. The Service serves a population of 5.4 million people and covers varying terrain from coastal areas, large urban areas and inner cities to dales and rural expanses covering an area of 6,000 square miles.
2. Everyone who works on the Lifecycle has to attend a three day International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) course on Emergency Services Cycling. They then have to have a one day orientation ride with a member of the team. The physical demands require that everyone has to maintain a good level of fitness.
3. The lifecycle first began in Yorkshire in 2001 - in York. It has helped stand down 20 per cent of ambulances, leaving them free to attend other emergencies.

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