There may have been over 13,000 competitors taking part in last weekend’s Virgin Active London Triathlon but all eyes were on our much-loved team of Roofing Racers who brought immense pride to the roofing, roofline and window industries as they look set to smash this year’s charity target of £50,000.
With sponsorship pledges so far totalling in excess of £35,000, thanks to the supreme efforts of everyone involved, both Macmillan Cancer Support and Great Ormond Street Hospital charities will be able to make a difference to many peoples’ lives.
Made up of 36 teams of three that shared the three sporting disciplines that make up this grueling Triathlon, along with 53 individuals who tackled the whole course on an individual basis, the brave-hearted Roofing Racers tackled a 750 metre swim in the River Thames, a cycle race of 20 kilometres, together with a 5 kilometre sprint.
Whilst every athlete that took part was a winner, special credit goes to the following Roofing Racers who gave outstanding performances. Bernie Fyans became Roofing Racers’ Fastest Individual Man – achieving an impressive time of 01:15:55 – whilst the fastest individual woman was Chiara Mancuso with 01:29:49. Meanwhile, Thomas Horton, David Gitsham and Matthew Horton represented the fastest Roofing Racers’ team with an extraordinary time of 1:21:19
After the event, more than 250 friends, family and colleagues of Roofing Racers attended the Tower Hotel, London to celebrate the day’s achievements where they enjoyed a fun “spoofs” awards ceremony, great food and dancing.
Marketing Manager at Roofing Racers, Stuart Base comments: “As England, Scotland and Wales enjoyed their most successful Commonwealth ever this summer, Roofing Racers put on an impressive show of their own with some outstanding team and individual efforts on the day. Congratulations to everyone who took part and thanks to all the fantastic supporters who helped made this occasion yet another day to remember.”
Manager Director at SIG UK Exteriors, Philip Johns, comments: “We should be immensely proud of each and everyone of the Roofing Racers’ team. Thanks to their valiant efforts, not only are we looking to hand over record donations to our two chosen charities, but we have generated a real sense of pride and camaraderie in seeing participants from the roofing, roofline and window industries all come together as one team.
“It was particularly pleasing to see many first timers at this iconic event, as well as our ever-faithful regulars who return year after year. Each and everyone can hold their heads high as they savour their own personal triumphs and those of the Roofing Racers team,” adds Philip.
He concludes: “The popularity of Roofing Racers continues to grow steadily year-on-year and it is especially gratifying to know that both Great Ormond Street and Macmillan Cancer Support charities will continue to benefit enormously as a result of all our efforts. Indeed, over the last eight years, Roofing Racers has raised well over £300,000 for these two worthwhile causes.”
Stuart Base adds: “For those of you who still haven’t supported Roofing Racers, it’s not too late. All donations are welcome, no matter how big or small, so please pay tribute to your fellow industry colleagues and help make a difference. Simply visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RoofingRacers If you wish to donate by cheque, please post to: Roofing Racers for Charity, Harding Way, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 3YJ.
A special mention must also go to the other generous sponsors who have helped make this year’s Roofing Racers event possible. Kind supporters are: SIG Building Plastics, SIG Roofing, SR Timber, Scott Bader, Icopal, Danosa, Briggs Amasco, Forticrete, Marley Eternit, Redland, NFRC, IKO Group, ALM, Klober, Masco and Sandtoft.