The Endeavour 2018

18 May 2018

Our annual flagship fundraising event, The Endeavour – Team Triathlon Challenge, returned for a second year last weekend.

This year saw 78 participants over 16 teams, almost doubling the figures of last years’ involvement. Teams represented a range of organisations, including J Murphy and Sons, various Sheffield Medical Practices, Sheffield Hallam University, Shorts and Coventry Cathedral.

The teams assembled early on Saturday Morning at Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool, ready to conquer the challenge. Participants began with a 730m swim, followed by a 21km cycle and concluded with a 10km run ending at Castleton Rotary Centre. Every team showed great fitness and excellent willpower across all events, with all teams managing to complete the triathlon.

On completion, a freshly cooked and highly deserved lunch, prepared by Endeavour volunteers, was waiting at the finish line for the participants, with the food and water provided by local Sainsbury’s stores and homemade cakes from Endeavour staff members.

Congratulations to Docs Tri-Harder, from Woodseats Medical Centre, who completed the Triathlon in the fastest time and in doing so, go home with the trophy for first place. Second place went to Deer Park Demons from Deer Park Surgery coming second. The Spirit of Endeavour award, a special award for those who gave their all and overcame the odds, was won by the Wishful Thinkers from Sheffield Hallam University, who stoically continued on hired bikes after a mishap en route. The top fundraising team was The Mighty Murphettes from J Murphy & Sons, who raised a whopping £3,830!

Former Endeavour Education Centre learner, Vincent Wood, provided the event’s concluding speech. Vince, 16, who experienced a chaotic childhood with little formal education, made excellent progress at Endeavour, as he transitioned from demonstrating very challenging behaviours, to excelling both socially and educationally.

We would also like to say a big thank you to the Sheffield Hallam University Faculty of Development and Society, who sponsored the T-shirts for all participants and volunteers.

The total money raised was over £15,500 to date, including Gift Aid, which is more than double last year’s total. All money raised goes directly supporting disadvantaged young people, as the running costs of the event were covered by registration fees, sponsorship from Sheffield Hallam University and Sainsbury’s, and of course the generous time of our volunteers on the day.

Event organised, Graham Booth said, “The Endeavour 2018 was even bigger and better than last year. It was great to see so many people involved, not only taking part, but also friends and family who supported on the day and contributed to the atmosphere. We are overwhelmed by the fundraising efforts of all the teams involved as well, and really grateful to all those who sponsored the teams taking part”

We will be running The Endeavour – Team Triathlon Challenge again next year. Join our mailing list to keep updated.

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