Having only signed up to his expedition in the middle of May, Jody has raced his way through the start of his fundraising – literally! Take a read!

When I first heard about the expedition I felt it was a fantastic opportunity to travel to another continent to meet and help people less fortunate than myself, in a ‘faraway’ country.  I have been lucky to have parents who have always tried their hardest to provide for my older sister and me, but I know that in different circumstances, there are plenty of people who try just as hard but can’t provide what we have been lucky enough to enjoy.  This is a small chance to try to help with what I can.  It is also a great chance for me to experience and learn form new people and a new culture.

To raise my first amount I competed in the Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club’s Duathlon, held at the Brownlee Centre in Leeds, on the 3rd of June.  I have competed in triathlons, duathlons and aquathons before.  I don’t specifically train for these events, but I do cycle training most Saturdays, and train for waterpolo.  However, this year, I have moved up a grade, to the Youth section, so I am now competing against 16 year-olds, who compete at national level.  It was a 2k run, with an 8k cycle ride, followed by a 1k sprint to the finish.  I completed it in 29m 27s, coming 11th out of 22, which I was really pleased with.

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2I was sponsored by my local church and raised £175.

I have also been doing other things.  I have set up my facebook page to catalogue my ‘journey’ to Kenya with all the events that I am/will do: https://www.facebook.com/jody.pycroft

I have set up an online page to allow for donations.  I am making the first approaches to local companies for their support and sponsorship, with a view to printing t-shirts with their logos on.  My waterpolo club and Taekwondo club are already behind me.

On Sunday 10th June I ran in the Hull 10k.  I ran a time of 46m 33s, finishing 327th out of 2885.  With sponsorship from parents at the waterpolo club, Taekwondo club, and guys that I play with at the Wargaming club in York, I raised £205.

6For the next four Sundays I am planning to compete in the Wakefield junior triathlon—which has an open water swim—the Lincoln 10k, the York junior triathlon and the Holmfirth junior triathlon.  At the end of July there is the Grimsby 10k, and at the beginning of August the York 10k.  In the summer holidays, I hope to be running a cake stall at my local swimming school.  I am hoping these are just the start.

I hope to have lots more to share as the weeks and months pass.

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We are sending out thank you prizes to those that get published too – currently it is a piece of kit from the kit list!