Honiton runner to be mentored by world triathlon champ

PUBLISHED: 14:45 28 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:45 28 October 2014

Honiton RC member Katy Campbell recently won a competition run by 220 Triathlon magazine to be mentored by four time Ironman world champion and world record holder Chrissie Wellington, writes Judy Davey.

After saying for years that she would never dabble in triathlon due to her hatred of swimming, Katy finally took the plunge to raise money for Bristol-based St Peter’s hospice after her good friend Laura was diagnosed with cancer.

She was well and truly hooked after her first event, so when the competition was advertised, it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. Katy now has Chrissie on speed dial, and regularly meets up with her and a qualified triathlon coach on a regular basis, often with a photographer and magazine editor in attendance!

As well as expert advice and the odd freebie, it’s providing Katy with added confidence and inspiration, and certainly helped her round her first Olympic distance event at Dorney Lake a couple of weeks ago.

She’s now planning a tribute to Laura, who sadly died on Boxing Day last year, by entering a trio of events based around the places she lived.

This will involve the Edinburgh half marathon in May, the Bristol triathlon in June and then the Alpe d’Huez triathlon in July, which incorporates the famous Tour de France climb amongst others!

Katy will be continuing to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice, so if you would like to help, please visit her justgiving site: http://justgiving.com/triathlonforlaura. You can also follow her story in blog form: http://mrskatycampbell.wordpress.com and on twitter: @mrskatycampbell

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