When a client of the firm, Sophia Warner (former Paralympian who competed in the 2012 Summer Paralympics), contacted Mark Fellows to see whether Sherrards were interested in helping out with her new mass-participation sporting events we jumped at the chance. The aim; encouraging those with disabilities to get into sport. The Superhero series allows disabled and non-disabled people to take part in triathlons – either solo, or in a team, all in the aim of encouraging everyone to participate in sport.
Sherrards decided to become a Corporate Friend and the recruitment email was sent out in early May. There was significant interest from all quarters, such that we decided to submit two teams. As a Corporate Friend we were also pleased that we were able to fund the participation in the event of a nominated school so that they had the necessary entry, equipment and access to enjoy the day.
The Sherrards teams were set; Mark, Ben and Andrew; Tom, Claudia and Kiall – the preparation began. Some put in the training a little more than others, nevertheless, the 19 August arrived and we were all pleased that both teams successfully completed the 750 metre swim in Dorney Lake (the lake where the 2012 Olympic rowing competition took place), a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
The swimming was the first event and Ben and Tom got us off to the best possible start, both leaving the water in 7th and 8th position (taking a mere 11 minutes to complete the swim!). Andrew and Claudia then navigated the arduous bike ride, with a couple of unexpected detours, but both coming in much faster than their anticipated times. Kiall and Mark completed the event with the run which mercifully was a flat course and that enabled them to “breeze” home amongst some great support.
For the avoidance of any doubt, all athletes were clean and no performance enhancing supplements were consumed, to the best of our knowledge.
The event itself was fantastic. It was both humbling and inspirational to be immersed with so many athletes who had overcome some serious challenges to be able to compete (at a very high level), and it was also an honour to be part of an event that included Paralympians such as Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Jonnie Peacock and David Weir. All in, the event had 1,700 people on the course throughout the day and 7,000 spectators which just shows what a successful and inspirational event it was.
Here a few snaps from the day- well done team Sherrards!