Preston’s female triathletes bared less than it first appears to raise funds for four members of their club selected to represent Great Britain in the Triathlon World Championships.
Girls from Tri Preston, surprised a special fund raising evening at the Unicorn pub with a hilarious dance to Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s I like Big Butts wearing their tri suits complete with comedy false bottoms.
It was supposed to be fund raising get together to mark the selection and help raise funds to send them to the championship.
It was organised by Lorna and Barry Cleminson and the four were completely unaware of what the girls had in store for them - so too were other revellers at North Road pub.
The dance followed several fundraising activities including a raffle, auction, quiz and Jaffa Cake eating competition which have so far generated over £2,000 to send four of the club’s athletes, Gema Adams, 30, 24-year-old Matt Hallam, Sam Wilson, 19, and Charlie West, 17, to the Triathlon World Championships in London next month.
Gema, Sam and Charlie will all represent their age groups in the Olympic distance triathlon after they qualified at the British Triathlon Championships in Liverpool in July. Matt has secured a place in the aquathlon and sprint triathlon following success at the Crosby Lake Aquathlon and the Llandudno sprint triathlon.
Seven other Tri Preston athletes – Ste Snape, Lee Spoor, Carol Spoor, Steve Throup, Jonathan Evans, Dave Hollingworth and Ian Murphy, also took part in the event at Liverpool Docks. Sam finished in two hours 10 minutes and Charlie West smashed his last standard distance time by 20 minutes and completed the course in two hours and 33 minutes. Gema finished in two hours 17 minutes – claimimg 13th spot and a GB 30-34 age group place for the World Championship.
Club chairman Dave Rigby said: “Tri Preston is absolutely on fire. We have members across the board achieving PB after PB and some amazing personal achievement
“Having four members qualify for a World Championships is just the icing on the cake.
“We are extremely proud of Gema, Matt, Charlie and Sam and wish them all the luck in the world for the competition.”