‘Team Whitby’ raises thousands for charity

Team Whitby with their medals'Team with medals after they finished''Top row - left to right - Alison Boocock, Faye Caley, Amy Bletsoe, Lorna Brown, Jaclyn Green, Chris Johnson, Callum Gibson'Bottom row - Katie Lloyd, Jo Andrews, Robbie Andrews
Team Whitby with their medals'Team with medals after they finished''Top row - left to right - Alison Boocock, Faye Caley, Amy Bletsoe, Lorna Brown, Jaclyn Green, Chris Johnson, Callum Gibson'Bottom row - Katie Lloyd, Jo Andrews, Robbie Andrews
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Thirty people from Whitby and district competed in the world’s biggest triathlon which drew to a close months of fund-raising inspired by a seven year old girl.

The men and women who have been christened ‘Team Whitby’ took part in the Virgin Active London Triathlon - the final leg of fund-raising for Cure Rett, a charity co-founded by Kori Coates from Hawsker whose daughter, Emlyn has the condition.

It brings the total raised by generous fund-raisers to more than £15,000 with money still pouring in for the charity which will be used to support families and fund research into a cure for the complex disorder.

The biggest triathlon of its kind in the world, the event was held at the ExCeL centre in London’s Docklands.

Kori said 59 people competed for Cure Rett in total with some coming from elsewhere in the country.

The charity had a marquee at the event where supporters and girls with the condition gathered.

Kori, who travelled down to London with husband Darren to support them, said: “They all did amazingly well.

“None of them had ever done a triathlon before so they went into it nervous and excited and came out of it victorious. It was just wonderful

“They all did it with a smile on their faces.

“Every single one, as they were going past, were putting their arms up in the air as they went past and some of them were crying as they went past.

“It was very hardwork, they were so full of emotion.

“We didn’t have a single person that didn’t finish.”

All but one of the team took part on Saturday however everyone stayed on Sunday to cheer on competitor Gemma Parkin who did the Olympic triathlon which consisted of a 1,500, swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run - completing it in a very respectable time.

Kori added: “Some of them got on Sky Sports when they were filming and said hello to Emlyn and that they were doing it for her.

“It was a really inspiring day. I honestly felt completely humbled and incredibly grateful.”