HTM | Team support Prostate Cancer UK with triathlon effort
On 7th April, five members of the Highway Traffic Management team will be tackling a triathlon in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
The charity has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment,
prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.
Statistically in the UK, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with Prostate cancer at some point in their lives.
The triathlon the HTM team will take part in consists of a 400-meter swim, 20k Bike Ride and a 5K run.
Over the past couple of months, the quintet has been taking part in team training to make sure they’re ready for the challenge. One of the team even went from the couch to 5k in a day!
We asked Marcus Casey of HTM about the upcoming challenge, and why this charity? Marcus told us:
“One of the reasons that we have chosen this charity is that one of our colleagues has just had a major operation for prostate cancer, so it’s particularly relevant and close to home for HTM at the moment.
“The good news is that he is on the mend and things are looking good for a full recovery.
“Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for men in the UK, so as a team, company and industry with a very high male demographic, in addition to our own in-house experiences of late, we thoughts it was a fantastic charity to put our efforts into.”
We asked Marcus for some insight on how the physical preparations are going. He continued:
“To say it’s a challenge is a fair statement! All of us are finding it taxing and I know Mikee Booth found just jumping off the sofa and diving into a 5k a bit of a shock to the system! There have been a few sore bodies in the office the day after some of the more intense sessions- but it’s all for a great cause.”
A great cause indeed, and what’s the goal in terms of both fundraising, and the triathlon itself? Marcus concluded:
“In terms of money raised for Prostate Cancer UK, we’re looking to raise a total of £1000.00.
“In terms of the challenge- aim number 1 is for the whole team to finish! With that in the bank, I think there may be some secret competition going on so we’ll perhaps be jostling for office bragging rights!”