Olympic athletes Helen and Marc Jenkins officially started this year’s Wales Property Triathlon which saw over 250 Welsh property professionals from across the country get involved.
The annual triathlon, now in it’s sixth year, organised by construction and property firm Jehu Group, took place at the weekend in aid of The Trussell Trust, in a bid to help stop food poverty.
Helen Jenkins, Double World Triathlon Champion and Olympic athlete at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 commented: “We are so pleased to be part of this fantastic event, it’s hard to believe that charities such as The Trussell Trust are around, there is no reason anyone should have to go without food in our society. Raising awareness through the power of sport is great and we’re pleased to be part of it.”
The Trussell Trust is a poverty charity which runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, give emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK. The Trussell Trust’s vision is to end hunger and poverty in the UK by bringing communities together and providing compassionate, practical help with dignity whilst challenging injustice.
Staff from Jehu Group came to together with many of their clients including; Coastal Housing Group, Newydd Housing Association and Wales and West Housing to take part in the sprint triathlon, which involved a 500m pool swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run.
Taking first prize for the male and female categories was husband and wife duo Jamie and Mel Best, from Melin Consultants, while the fastest team was Tondu Wheelers Ringers, made up of Marc Jenkins, Vincent Thomas and Lee Howells.
Marc Jenkins, Olympic Athlete commented: “This has been such as fantastic event not only to raise awareness for The Trussell Trust but it’s great bringing the community together to participate in sport.”
Jehu has taken part in a number of fundraising activities throughout the year in support of The Trussell Trust, its chosen charity for 2018, including a property band night held in Cardiff’s popular music venue, Tramshed.
Susan Lloyd-Selby, Operations Manager Wales & South West said: “No one should face going hungry in Wales. We want to see an end to the need for foodbanks – but we can’t get there alone. The support of Jehu will make a real difference in this, helping us to support our network of foodbanks to provide the best possible service to people referred for emergency help right now, whilst gathering robust evidence about what needs to change in the long-term so we can reach a future without the need for foodbanks. Thank you.”
Jehu’s original Property Triathlon was started in honour of former Jehu Group employee, Hugh Walker, who sadly lost his life aged 46, just four months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. The family-run construction and property firm has also supported Llamau the homeless charity and CALM male suicide prevention charity.
Managing Director of Development at Jehu Group, Simon Jehu, said: “This year’s event attracted 230 participants, either individually or as part of a relay team, including some in fancy dress making it our largest event to date. We have always strived for the event to be open to everybody so we are delighted with the way the event is growing every year. Having a range of competitors from a 69 year old undertaking his first triathlon through to Olympic athletes shows wide appeal the event holds. I would like to thank all our generous sponsors, event partners and staff who supported the marshalling on the day, we couldn’t do it without them.”
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For more information on The Trussell Trust and their programmes go to – www.trusselltrust.org