Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths completed his triathlon challenge at the AJ Bell London Triathlon on Saturday. Competing as part of a team of MPs in the three events of swimming, cycling and running, Andrew completed his 5km running leg in 24 minutes and 37 seconds. It was the first time Andrew had competed at such an event, which he completed with his team members MPs Alec Shelbrooke who swam and Mark Spencer who cycled. The team completed the course of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in just over an hour and half.
Andrew was running to raise money for two charities – East Staffordshire Citizens Advice and Care After Combat and at last count had raised over £4,000.
Andrew said: “The London Triathlon was a great event and a great day out. I was so pleased to take part and to get round in a good time despite the hot weather! For someone whose last race was the egg and spoon at school I was really pleased with the result. Most importantly I am delighted to have raised so much money for two fantastic charities. My thanks go out to London 2012 Olympian Stuart Hayes for all of his help and advice with training – I could not have done it without him.”
The AJ Bell London Triathlon is the world’s largest triathlon event and saw over 13,000 people competing over the weekend at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands.