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Winchester PPP raises over £16,000 for Macmillan

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Over £16,000 has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support by competitors who took part in the Pedal Paddle Pace triathlon.

More than 350 participants entered the event, of which we are proud to be headline sponsors. The race was started by the Mayoress of Winchester, Councillor Eleanor Bell, at the town’s Guildhall. Heading off in three separate waves, competitors cycled for 20km out into the glorious Hampshire countryside, followed by an exciting 5k run along the scenic Hockley Viaduct, before finishing with a 2km kayak.

Organiser Mike Sharpe said: “We were delighted by the turnout and amazed at the commitment everyone showed to completing our triathlon. This year we welcomed our first blind competitor and our first electric bike – we welcome everyone to our race as every entry means £40 more for Macmillan and the brilliant work it does.

“Forresters has been an incredible partner for the PPP over the past three years. Their financial support ensures that every penny of the entry fees goes straight to Macmillan Cancer Support, and that is of course very important to us.”

Julian Mann returned to claim back the overall title he won in 2017, completing the course in a remarkable 1:02:59, closely followed by last year’s winner Matt Robinson and Rob Carter in 3rd. Just 47 seconds separated Becky Hobbs and Bea Searle in the women’s classification. The team title went to The Three Gamigos for the second year in a row, holding off a strong finish from the brilliantly named PLB team – Pedalit, Leggit, Boatit.

There are currently around 2.5 million people across the UK who are living with the consequences of a cancer diagnosis and this number is set to rise to 4 million by 2030. Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer in the UK and it can affect anyone.

Macmillan fundraising manager, Ryan Howarth said: “Cancer is life-changing, but with the right support, life with cancer is still life and we help people live it. Through better treatment and early diagnosis, people are adding years to their life. We want to support those affected by cancer to add life to those years.

“At Macmillan, we know how cancer can affect everything. Not just your health. We’re here to help people live life, no matter what, but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us, such as the Winchester PPP team and their sponsors Forresters.  The money raised will go towards helping Macmillan support people affected by cancer at the time they need us most.”

Lloyd Hoarton, managing partner, based at Southampton International Business Park, is also a regular participant in the race. “Forresters has pledged to continue to support the Winchester PPP for another three years as headline sponsor,” he said. “We are proud to be involved in this fantastic event, which sees several members of our team taking part. The course is tough, but at the same time exhilarating, and I’m looking forward to competing again next year.”

Next year’s race takes place on Sunday 12th July with registration opening on 1st January 2020. For more information visit www.winchesterppp.co.uk and for information on Macmillan Cancer Support go to www.macmillan.org.uk/getinvolved