13 wounded, injured and sick veterans (WIS) will be taking on this year’s Tadcaster Triathlon on 1st May for Help for Heroes and the Endeavour Fund.
In teams of three, each competitor will be each taking on a single leg of swimming, cycling and running. Competitors have come together from across the UK including London, Herefordshire and Leicestershire and have a wide range of physical and psychological injuries. Three of the competitors, Ibrar Ali, Dan Bingley and David Wiseman, served with the local Yorkshire Regiment and hope to be cheered on by local crowds.
TadTri is a short distance event suitable for beginners with a 400m swim, a 14km cycle and a 7km run. The swim is conducted in the local Tadcaster Community pool with the cycle on local roads and the run along cross country and riverside paths around the picturesque market town of Tadcaster.
Any wounded, injured and sick Service personnel who expressed an interest in being selected for the UK team at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 were eligible to apply for TadTri.
Stuart Croxford, Programme Manager at the Endeavour Fund said: “At the Endeavour Fund we want to ensure that as many wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans can rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. The TadTri is just one example of how we do this. It’s an opportunity for us to bring a group of men and women together to form some team bonds but also challenge themselves. I hope everyone will have a great time.”
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes adds: “Sport can be a powerful way of increasing confidence as well as aiding physical and mental recovery. Taking part in events like the TadTri help provide veterans with a sense of purpose and direction as they rebuild their lives. We wish everyone the best of luck at the event.”
The Endeavour Fund is a programme managed by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It supports wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and Veterans using sport and adventurous challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported 39 different projects that have directly assisted close to 1,500 WIS. Through their own fundraising, these endeavours have collectively raised £2.3m for other forces charities. In 2015, global insurance company AIG signed up as the lead corporate partner of the Endeavour Fund for the next three years.