High Street holiday firm staff book mini charity triathlon challenge

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A GROUP of staff members from High Street holiday firm Thomson have booked themselves a charity challenge.

Led by manager Linda Halfpenny, Mhairi Swailes, Gemma Hogg and Lily Hunt are set to take part in their very own fun mini triathlon on Sunday, April 21.

This includes a walk/jog from the start at Teviotdale Leisure Centre, along the Waverley Walk up to the top of Hamilton Road where they will hop onto bicycles for a route around the Burnfoot Industrial Estate, round the Staney Brig and along Mansfield Road.

And their challenge will be complete with a one-mile swim at the leisure centre.

Linda told the Hawick News: “We’ve been training every week now for the last four or five weeks. There’s been a lot of swimming and some of the girls have been going to the gym.

“It’s going well, we’re really enjoying it and we can’t wait to get started.”

The group, who hope the summer sun they send people off to experience will be shining on them, are raising money for Thomson’s chosen charity, the Family Holiday Association, who help disadvantaged families get a much-needed break away from home.

And they are also hoping to boost the coffers of their regional charity, the Stroke Association.

Linda added: “We’ve previously raised money in the shop like guessing the teddy’s birthday, but nothing as dramatic as this.

“I suppose I’m to blame as I’m the shop manager, but I felt we needed a bigger challenge and I came up with this idea.

“I thought it would be a nice team building exercise. It’s not a race, just a fun day.

“Hopefully I’ll be saying the same in two week’s time when we’ve all finished.”

The bicycles being used on the day are being donated by Borders Cycles, while the TLC has donated free swims for the foursome, who have been set a time limit in the pool of an hour-and-a-half.

“We’re really grateful for all the help we’ve received,” said Linda.

To sponsor any of the four, visit the High Street shop.