Lee Maxwell

What a day! 5th London tri for me and the first attempt at the long Olympic plus! As usual the event didn't fail to meet my expectations, great support, organisiation and miles of closed London roads. Thanks AJ Bell for giving me the chance to take part... same time next year?

Andrew Gough

I've never been very competitive, but always enjoyed exercise and sport.

Trouble is i'm easily bored of the repetition of distance events like marathons, even 10km runs!, so the mix of all three disciplines in the sprint distance was a great fit for me. Having a relatively young family (spread from 3-7) also meant squeezing in training where i could, but i found it really enjoyable, especially the open water swimming, which i though would be my least favorite.

Robert Wallace

My big sister Marie sadly passed away following a short battle with a very rare type of cancer. NET cancers are difficult to diagnosis and treatment needs more research. A year on I am raising money for Cancer Research over 600 pounds so far on my first Olympic Distance Triathlon.

Having only being able to swim 4 lengths in the pool without a rest when I started training, I am hoping I have improved enough to put in a good effort.

Think she would have been proud.

Shelley Silas

My sister and only sibling, Leah, would have been 60 on18th July. She died 6 1/2 years ago of cancer. I am doing this for me and in memory of her, to raise money for Macmillan. She would have been proud of me, but also thought I was mad. This is for Leah.

Harriet Eames

Myself and 24 others from Halifax, West Yorkshire are taking on the London Triathlon in memory of one of our Triathletes mother. She sadly passed away last year at our local Hospice which is who we are raising money for, we have just passed the £20,000 mark in our team so are extremely proud! Also,

22 of the 24 strong group have never done a triathlon before!

John Gordon

My Mum, Kristine McCabe, passed away - at the age of 39 -  unexpectedly overnight at home in March 2008. She died as a result of a simple cold that had developed into pneumonia. Lupus was to blame.

She leaves behind; my dad, Raymond (49), and my younger brother and sister, Dean (18) and Claire (16).

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Afzal Hussein

I was inspired after attending the 2016 AJ Bell triathlon as a supporter cheering on two of my friends who were participating in the olympic tri. Once the day had ended I decided I would take part in the super sprint tri in 2017. I delayed signing up as I thought it might be a good idea for me to start swimming first. I started swimming and could only swim 25 metres before I needed to pause, catch my breath and continue. Luckily, my friend gave me some top tips and advice on swimming, and with my consistent effort and dedication I managed to pick it up and improve.

Christopher Smith

I couldn't swim when I entered the London Triathlon in 2009. I was an aquaphobic and had been scared of water for my whole life. It took a lot of effort (and courage) to book swimming lesson, and on the 1st night I drove out of the swimming pool car park 3 times before I eventually plucked up the courage to go through the door. I made it to the starting line of the London Triathlon in 2009 but was so frightened of the open water that I nearly didn't participate. I'm glad I did as I enjoyed every single second of it!

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