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Ten members of the Running Club will run, swim and cycle a combined total of 300km to represent the 300 families who are supported by Claire House. Individually, each competitor will have to cover a minimum distance of 30km.

The triathlon takes place on Monday, February 11 at 9am on the University’s Parkgate Road Campus, where the first five members of the Club will swim and cycle, followed by a run. The second group of five members will begin at 1pm.

Claire House Children’s Hospice in Bebington, provides terminally ill children and their families with support across Cheshire, the Wirral and Merseyside.

Rebecca Greatbatch, Club Captain, aged 21, from Douglas, Isle of Man, said: “Claire House is an amazing charity, which helps to support children with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. Raising money for charity is such a simple and easy thing to do, and yet the effects of it are unimaginable. The children at Claire House are unbelievable with what they have to go through. No child should have to experience that. Although this will be a challenge, the pain and challenges that we will face on the day are not comparable to those the children at Claire House experience.”

She added: “We decided on the combined total of 300km to represent the 300 families who are supported by Claire House as we wanted to make a statement, but also do something that was achievable. It highlights just how many people in need are helped by Claire House.”

Loren Miller, Community Fundraiser at Claire House Children’s Hospice, said: “We are so grateful to the Running Club for choosing to raise money for Claire House. At the moment, we are only reaching one in two of the children and families who need us. Our dream is to eventually reach every child in our community who needs us. We help all of our children to live life to the full by giving them wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. The amazing support from the Running Club will help us continue this work. We wish them lots of luck and know that they will totally smash it!”

One member of the Running Club, Lukas Gross, aged 23, from Lörrach in Germany, is returning from his home country to take part in the triathlon. Lukas studied at the University for one term as part of the Erasmus scheme. He said: “I had a wonderful time at the University of Chester last year. It was a great opportunity for me to explore university life in another country. Joining the Running Club gave me the chance to meet other students and make new friends. It was such a positive, friendly and supportive atmosphere, which I still miss! When the Running Club mentioned they were planning a triathlon, I was really taken by the idea. I thought I wouldn't be able to participate because of the distance, but after checking my timetable and flights, I decided to come back. It is both a great opportunity to raise money for charity and to also challenge myself to complete a triathlon. Plus I get to visit Chester and see friends again. I'm really looking forward to it!”

Sarah Latham, Student Activity Manager, Chester Students’ Union, said: “Raising money for charity is what our Sports and Societies at the University of Chester are best at. We are really excited to see the Running Club take on the triathlon challenge and raise money for their chosen charity, Claire House. We wish them the best of luck!”

The Running Club will also be participating in the Chester 10k on March 10 and in the Chester Half Marathon on May 19.

You can sponsor the Running Club by donating to their Just Giving page.

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