Washington RNLI lifeguard completes 24-hour triathlon

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SUPER-FIT Alexander Richardson completed a punishing 24-hour triathlon to help support a life-saving charity.

The student, from Washington, was part of a 13-strong swimming club who tested their fitness levels to the limit, taking part in three, eight-hour sessions of running, cycling and swimming in aid of the RNLI.

Alexander, who is studying at York St John University, said: “The triathlon was great fun, but also pretty tiring.

“I was very lucky that I had such brilliant team mates and we all spurred one another on.”

Each participant competed for 30 minute intervals before resting and handing the baton onto a team member, continuing for a total of 24 hours.

So far, the event has raised hundreds of pounds, with funds still being collected.

Money from a bucket collection will be split between the RNLI and a swimming initiative, which has been set up to help support members of the club when taking part in competitions.

Alexander, who is a RNLI Tyne and Wear lifeguard during the summer as well as a swimming club coach, said: “As an RNLI lifeguard, I know that the charity relies on public donations and fundraising to pay for its lifesaving equipment.

“This gave me the drive and energy that I needed to complete the gruelling 24 hour challenge.”

Carl Harris, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, thanked the team for their efforts.

He said: “We’re really grateful to Alex and his teammates from York St John University Swimming Club for putting in so much time and effort to help raise vital funds for the RNLI.”