Saturday 8th August saw over 13,000 elites and amateurs compete in the world’s largest and most famous triathlon – the London Triathlon. With competitors giving it their all and over 30,000 spectators, all eyes were on our much-loved Roofing Racers, as for the ninth year they once again put on the performance of a lifetime!
Representing the Roofing, Roofline and Window industries, over 27 Roofing Racers teams of three and 55 individuals shared the challenge of the three sporting disciplines. With a 750 metre swim in the River Thames, followed by a cycle race of 20 kilometres, and a 5 kilometre sprint, it was truly a challenge for all.
In addition to some outstanding team and individual efforts on the day, the real pride comes from the collective efforts of our Roofing Racers that help to raise sponsorship pledges for both Macmillan Cancer Support and Great Ormond Street Hospital charities.
Roofing Racers provide the rare opportunity for the construction industry to come together as a united front and raise money for two charities that are dear to many peoples’ hearts, Macmillan Cancer Support and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Over the last eight years, the team has raised well over £370,000, with a 2015 target of £50,000, for these two worthwhile causes that rely heavily on donations and financial support to continue their great work.
Stuart Base, Head of Marketing at Roofing Racers says: “It was great to see the success of Roofing Racers continue again this year. We feel such pride, seeing members of the Roofing, Roofline and Windows industry, with such differing abilities and fitness levels participating in this challenging event. Congratulations to everyone who competed and thanks to all their fantastic supporters who helped make the occasion even more special. It’s so lovely to see competitor’s families and friends joining us for the day. We are on course to hit our sponsorship target of £50,000, however every penny counts to our charities – so, if you haven’t sponsored our roofers yet please get in touch.”
Managing Director at SIG, Andrew Wakelin, comments: “This year saw such amazing efforts from our Roofing Racers. We were thrilled to be joined by first timers giving it their all and to see competitors that join us year after year, striving to beat their personal best and doing so! Every year we see the Roofing Racers team grow, resulting in continued support for Great Ormond Street and Macmillan Cancer Support and thanks to those individual efforts, they will continue to benefit enormously. As well as being able to raise significant sums for charity, the whole event sees camaraderie in spades and every team member proud to fly the flag for the Roofing, Roofline and Windows industry.”
Whilst every athlete for us, was of course a winner at the Triathlon, special credit is extended to the following Roofing Racers who gave outstanding performances. Bernie Fyans became Roofing Racers’ Fastest Individual Man – achieving an impressive time of 01:15:19, the fastest individual woman was Chiara Mancuso with 01:32:09. Meanwhile, Leigh Greenwood, Carol Bridge and Nathan Bevan from Masco UK Window Group represented the fastest Roofing Racers’ team with an extraordinary time of 01:17:11.
After the event, more than 225 friends, family and colleagues of Roofing Racers attended the Tower Bridge Hotel, London to celebrate the day’s achievements. Recognition was given to those with the best times and with particular acknowledgment made to those Roofing Racers who had faced and overcome personal challenges to complete. A fun time was had by all, enjoying a celebratory meal and dancing late into the night…we’re not quite sure how those tired feet lasted so long!
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 Roofing, SR Timber, NFRC, Klober, Redland, Forticrete, ALM, Sandtoft, IKO, SIG Building Plastics, Icopal, Ubbink, Marley Eternit, Briggs Amasco and Masco UK Window Group.
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 too many peoples’ lives.
To make a donation, visit Virgin Money Giving page: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RoofingRacers. Alternatively, if you wish to donate by cheque, please post to: Roofing Racers, Harding Way, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 3YJ.