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Team Imogen smash the Swansea triathlon

Swansea tri group

The whole team

The 2018 UWTSD Swansea Triathlon has come and gone for another year, but for Team Imogen this has been an incredible start to our adventures in 2018!

Six-year-old Imogen Ashwell-Lewis, who has cerebral palsy, captained the charity team with a difference. She was supported around the course by a team consisting of the three designers from our Innovation Centre which is based in Swansea.

The day got off to an incredible start with our resident swimmer, Dan Cuthbertson taking the lead on the swim. This led on to the bike ride where Gerallt Devonald towed Imogen in style. Lastly Dr Ross Head smashed the last leg of the course and ran with Imogen to the finish. The race ended with the whole team joining Ross and Imogen to cross the finish line – full of smiles!

Imogeen in the boat

Imogeen in the boat

Dr Ross Head said, “ I am so happy to be able to say that we completed the Swansea Triathlon as team Imogen! I could not be more proud of the team and our Captain Imogen. She was an absolute star. She was so happy and waved and said hello to everyone all the way round! It is great to have been able to showcase the work we do in front of so many people. The organisers, the spectators and the other athletes were so supportive. I would really like to thank them all; they made a special day. Look out for us in future events- we are hooked and will be back.”

We would like to thank the filming crew from RS Components who followed our story, the incredible friends and family who supported us throughout the course, the organisers who put on such an incredible event and of course, Cerebra’s little super star Imogen who was amazing all day.

This is the start of our Triathlon Journey 2018 – Up next, the Superhero Series 2018!

You can show your support for team Imogen and their efforts through their Just Giving page. If you would like to find out more about the Superhero Series, get in touch with the team at cic@cerebra.org.uk. We’re also looking for families to join us as part of the Superhero Series so please get in touch!

Take on the Challenge – the London Triathlon

London Triathlon

Join Team Cerebra and take on the A J Bell London Triathlon the largest triathlon in the world! We have places in all distances and waves. Book a place now and together we’ll help families that include children with brain conditions find a better life together.

Date: Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th August 2018
Registration fee: £100.00
Minimum sponsorship: £150.00

 

If you would like a Cerebra guaranteed running place please click below to register. Entry is just £100.00 with a minimum sponsorship of £150.00 to cover our costs. For the relay race, three people count as one place and registration fee. Please get in touch using the details below for more information.

Have you already secured your place through the races website?
Click the button below to let us know about it so we can support you! You will not be required to raise a minimum sponsorship, just raise as much as you can!

About the A J Bell London Triathlon:

Attracting over 11,000 participants and 30,000 spectators each year, this iconic triathlon has become a must-do event in the sporting calendar. With a variety of distances, routes and wave categories to choose from, the event caters for athletes of all levels; from first-time triathletes to Olympic champions, everyone is welcome at the AJ Bell London Triathlon.

The AJ Bell London Triathlon takes place at the ExCeL Centre, Royal Victoria Dock and has a unique urban route, that allows participants to swim, bike & run past the iconic landmarks of our capital.

Cerebra support:

Join Team Cerebra with your own place or one of our guaranteed places and we will support you all the way!

• Useful tips, support and resources to fundraise
• A Cerebra running vest or t-shirt for those muddier challenges
• A Facebook Cerebra running group to encourage one another and exchange tips
• Meet and greet at selected events – and a cheer over the finish line!
• And most importantly- unlimited email and phone support and advice from our fundraising events team.


We can’t wait to have you on Team Cerebra!
If you have any questions, email us at enquiries@cerebra.org.uk or call us on 01267 242 586.

Captain Imogen and her brave triathlon crew!

Captain Imogen

Captain Imogen

The Cerebra Innovation Centre design team will be embarking on a triathlon adventure this year with their very own triathlon pilot, Imogen Ashwell-Lewis, in charge! Their first target is the Swansea triathlon on 20th May.

The team met Imogen a few years ago when they designed and made a beautiful tiny wheelchair that allowed her to move around her home and play with her brothers and her toys. The additional independence it gave her was amazing, as was the friendship they developed with Imogen and her family.

Now 6 years old and having been turned away from many sports due to her cerebral palsy,  Imogen leapt at the chance to pilot the CIC crew.

While the Innovation Centre team have learned lots about triathlons through designing and making the equipment for Poppy a couple of years ago, they’ve never actually competed in one! So this will be a chance for them to put their own equipment to use.

The bright idea came from Ross Head: “When we thought about finding a triathlete/pilot for this year, I just mentioned that maybe we should start a team and the guys agreed – which I had not expected! That was the day Team Cerebra was born!

“Dan is a strong swimmer and surfer so it made sense that he would swim and tow Captain Imogen in the boat. Gerallt loves cycling and is keen to tow Imogen to victory. Of all the sports I do, running is not one of them. So I’ve taken one for the team and am learning to run, training on the streets where I live until I am fit enough to venture further afield”.

The Innovation Centre Team

The Innovation Centre Team

“I am super excited to dust off my speedo’s and swim with Imogen and the team. But I need to get practicing as my swimming skills have been replaced with a belly. To the pool I go! We’re really looking forward to it, and I think we stand a good chance at winning!” (Designer Dan)

We’re looking forward to following them on their journey to glory and hope that Imogen knows what she’s letting herself in for!

If you would like to show your support to the team, you can donate by texting CICT18 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070 e.g. CICT18 £5 to 70070, or by visiting their Just Giving page.

Triathlon, Cycling & Swimming Events

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Check out our guaranteed charity places we have secured in Triathlon, cycling and swimming events. If you would like to join Team Cerebra please click on the button below to book a place and together we’ll help families that include children with brain conditions find a better life together.

Have you already secured your place in a race?
Click the button below to let us know about it so we can support you!


Events we have guaranteed Cerebra places in

 

UWTSD Swansea Triathlon Sprint – Sunday May 20th (750 m Swim/20 km Bike/5 km Run)
Registration Fee: 40.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

The Wales Triathlon Middle Distance – Fishguard, Sat June 16th (1.2 mile Swim/56 mile Bike/13.1 mile Run) Registration Fee: £100.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £100.00

The Wales Triathlon Sprint Distance – Fishguard, Saturday June 16th (750 m Swim/13 mile Bike/3 mile Run) Registration Fee: £30.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Gower Triathlon – Port Eynon, Saturday June 30th (1500 m Swim/37 K Bike/10 K Run)
Registration Fee: £30.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Fancy Dress Tri – Port Eynon, Saturday June 30th (400 m Swim/ 16 km Bike/ 5 km Run)
Registration Fee: £20.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Long Course Weekend – Tenby, Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July (2.4 mile Swim/112 mile Bike/26.2 mile Run) Registration Fee: £175.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £100.00

Zone 3 Wales Swim – Tenby, Friday July 13th (Swim 2.4 miles or 1.2 miles)
Registration Fee: £35.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Cycleguard Wales Sportive – Tenby, Saturday July 14th (Bike 112 miles or 66 miles or 45 miles)
Registration Fee: £35.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

London Triathlon – Saturday August 4th – 5th.
Registration Fee: £100.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £150.00

Saundersfoot Triathlon Sprint – Saturday September 8th (750 m Swim/20 km Bike/5 km Run)
Registration Fee: 30.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Mumbles Triathlon Middle Distance – Mumbles Bay, Saturday September 29th (1.2 mile Swim/56 mile Bike/13.1 mile Run) Registration Fee: £70.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £100.00

Mumbles Triathlon Sprint – Mumbles Bay, Saturday September 29th (750 m Swim/32 K Bike/5 K Run) Registration Fee: £30.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00


Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100 

Sunday 29th July 2018

Registration Fee: FREE / Minimum Sponsorship: £400.00
We have one place to give away to someone who is a keen cyclist and would love to support Cerebra. Please click on the link for more information and to fill out our Prudential Ride London place application form.


We can’t wait to have you on Team Cerebra!

If you have any questions, email us at enquiries@cerebra.org.uk or call us on 01267 242 586.

Team Cerebra at the Superhero Series!

Rob and Poppy with Anthony, Rhys and Kevin

On Saturday 19th August two very special Superheroes joined team Cerebra for the first ever Superhero Triathlon at Dorney Lake, Windsor.

The Superhero Tri is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the everyday Superhero and their family and friends. It was also particularly exciting because it was the first ever Superhero Tri so our team didn’t know quite what to expect!

Returning to team Cerebra was triathlon veterans Rob and Poppy who have previously taken part in the Cardiff and Swansea Triathlons using equipment designed especially for Poppy by the Cerebra Innovation Centre.

Joining the team was Anthony, his son Rhys and family friend Kevin. Kevin has previously taken part in a number of “Tough Mudder” events but this was the first event of this kind that Anthony has participated in.

Anthony said: “Me and Kevin wanted to do something with Rhys not for him and that’s why we entered the Superhero Triathlon. We wanted to give Rhys an experience he has never had and will certainly remember.

Words cant describe how much gratitude we have for the support and generosity given to us by Cerebra. The team worked with us to give our son the biggest day of his life. Every step of the way Cerebra have shown nothing but enthusiasm and commitment to making it happen! An amazing charity with such amazing people. Massive thank you!”

They all did us proud and crossed the finish line with a mixture of excitement and relief!

So far, Rhys, Anthony and Kevin have raised over £1,000 for Cerebra which is incredible! The whole team has raised over £2,000 so thank you to everyone who has donated so far. You can donate to the group campaign here.

Join our team and be a Triathlon Superhero!

The Superhero Tri is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the everyday Superhero and their family and friends.

The event will take place in Dorney Lake, Windsor on 19th August and promises to be a fun filled day with the chance to meet and take part alongside Paralympian and celebrity team captains.

We’re thrilled to be a charity partner for the event and we’re looking for people to join us on Team Cerebra. There are lots of different ways to take part, the only requirement is that one person on your team (or you if you choose to fly solo!) must have a disability:

  • Team up – unite with disabled and non-disabled friends and family to share the fun
  • Grab a sidekick – tow a teamate in the water and push or pull them around the course
  • Fly solo – for those who want to take on all the triathlon stages by themselves.

There are also three different distances that you can choose from:

  • Sprint – 150m swim, 3k cycle, 1k run
  • Half – 400m swim, 10k cycle, 2.5k run
  • Full – 750m swim, 20k cycle, 5k run

Father and daughter team, Rob and Poppy, have already signed up and have been chosen to take part in a special celebrity race. They’ll be partnered with Olympian Chris Jones and will be competing against the likes of Hannah Cockcroft and comedian and talk show host Adam Hills.

You can find out lots more about the event on the Superhero Series website, but if you’d like a chat about the different options and how we can help you to take part please just get in touch with ceciliab@cerebra.org.uk.

We’ve got people on hand to help out with the running, cycling or swimming legs and may also be able to supply some equipment – including a specially designed boat.

We’d love you to join us and show off your superpower. So please get in touch – it’s going to be awesome!

 

 

Poppy to Take on Second Triathlon Challenge

Rob and Poppy

Rob and Poppy

Last year, eleven year old Poppy Jones realised her dream of competing in the Cardiff Triathlon. This was particularly challenging for Poppy as she has chronic lung disease and quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. This means she can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her, but having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop her having fun.

Poppy’s Dad Rob helped make her dream come true by pushing/pulling her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by our Innovation Centre (CIC).

The father and daughter team will be once again rising to the challenge, taking part in the Swansea Triathlon on 28th May.

Rob’s motivation for doing this is simply to help his daughter: “taking part in this triathlon is so exciting for her and psychologically it will really benefit her. She gets so frustrated at the limits her condition puts on her and this will really focus her mind on what she can do. Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’. I’ve got my work cut out though as Poppy doesn’t want to just take part – she wants to win!”

The team at team at the Innovation Centre, who designed the equipment that allowed Poppy to take part in the Triathlon last year,  took this opportunity to re-design some of the equipment to allow Poppy to compete on an even larger scale.

“Last year, we designed a chair and boat in Poppy’s favourite colour – yellow,” says Dr Ross Head from the CIC.

“For this year’s challenge, we’ve modified both products to make them more efficient; to make them faster – and to change the look to match Poppy’s new favourite colour, orange!

“Poppy’s also grown a lot since last year’s triathlon and the boat we built last year was too small. So I redesigned the boat to be bigger, however this meant it would be heavier, so I started from scratch using everything I had learnt about hydrodynamics to ensure the boat would be fast, efficient and create the minimum resistance so that Rob could swim the course. This year’s boat uses a V-shaped tri- hull. This allows speed through the water but is given stability by the two smaller outrigger hulls.

“Poppy’s Triathlon Chair has also been upgraded to make it faster and more comfortable. The guys at V-Trak very kindly donated some high quality wheels to help them roll to the finish line. It has upgraded bespoke components which will ensure efficiency, a speedy transition from cycling to running and ensure Poppy’s safety.“

The CIC team recently tested the boat out on the water (see below for photos).

You can sponsor Rob and Poppy through their Just Giving page.

 

 

Poppy’s Dream Comes True

Go Poppy!

On 24th June Poppy’s dream finally came true – she completed the Cardiff triathlon in style!

The weather conditions were perfect on the day, dry but not too hot. We met an excited Poppy and her mum and dad before the start. Poppy was really looking forward to the whole experience and couldn’t believe that the day had finally come. Her dad, Rob, was a little nervous but also looking forward to the challenge as he had a final run through with the CIC team.

Poppy’s mum, Rachel, explained that for all of her life Poppy has been on the sidelines of everything – able to watch but not take part – and always feeling left out. This has been so hard for Poppy and the whole family and this why the triathlon was such a huge thing for them all. For the first time she was able to join in and be in the thick of the activity.

Poppy takes to the water.

The whole event went very smoothly and to plan. The equipment, designed by CIC, worked perfectly and looked amazing – getting lots of attention from everyone. There were no hitches at all and Poppy and Rob crossed the finishing line in a very respectable 1 hour and 4 seconds. They were both tired but absolutely thrilled.

The crowd was so supportive all day, cheering loudly for Poppy all the way round the route. The commentator was amazing, constantly giving Poppy and Cerebra a mention. The other athletes were also very impressed, giving her their congratulations and support. Poppy got lots of press attention, was photographed constantly and gave several media interviews – and she absolutely LOVED being the centre of attention.

Crossing the finish line

The whole event was an emotional and positive experience for all concerned. Poppy proved her point about being able to do anything, with a little help, and Cerebra did what we do best – providing positive support to help a child overcome their challenges and have a positive experience.

Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to, supported and sponsored this project. Their dedication, commitment and belief made this huge achievement possible.

To date Rob and Poppy have raised more than £10,000 for the charity.

You can read the full details of the story here.

Poppy’s Triathlon Dream

Go Poppy!

Go Poppy!

Eleven year old Poppy Jones from Abergavenny has achieved her dream of competing in a triathlon with her dad, Rob.

On 26th June 2016 Poppy Jones and her dad Rob took part in the Cardiff Triathlon together to raise money for Cerebra. But they faced an additional challenge – eleven year old Poppy has cerebral palsy and Rob pushed and pulled her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by our Innovation Centre.

Eleven year old Poppy was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. She can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her. She has suffered many health problems over the years and there have been times when doctors didn’t think she would pull through. Dad Rob explains “there have been times when it has been very touch and go and we feel very lucky that she has been with us for the last 11 years”.

Poppy takes to the water.

Poppy takes to the water.

But having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop Poppy having fun. Poppy is a determined character with a great sense of humour. Her sense of adventure knows no bounds. She is a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie and has a true competitive spirit.

Rob, meanwhile faced a challenge of his own in getting fit for the event. He’s never taken part in a triathlon before and isn’t a regular swimmer, runner or cyclist. At Christmas he could only manage two lengths of the local swimming pool and is using his ancient bicycle to train.

The cycling stage

The cycling stage

Mum Rachel, along with the rest of the family and friends, were right behind Poppy and Rob and are fully supporting them all the way, providing all the back-up and help they need. Rob’s motivation for doing this is simply to help his daughter: “taking part in this triathlon is so exciting for her and psychologically it will really benefit her. She gets so frustrated at the limits her condition puts on her and this will really focus her mind on what she can do. Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’. I’ve got my work cut out though as Poppy doesn’t want to just take part – she wants to win!”

Crossing the finish line

Crossing the finish line

The project has been a huge challenge for Cerebra’s Innovation Centre who designed and made the equipment that Rob and Poppy needed to take them to the finish line.

In this video, Rob and Poppy tell their story in their own words:

We would love it if you could support Rob and Poppy! If you would like to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Jones42.

We would like to thank the following companies whose sponsorship has helped to make Poppy’s dream a reality: Dischro Creative white

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Carmarthen Business Supports Poppy’s Dream

Ron handing over the bike to Rob

Ron handing over the bike to Rob

Cerebra is making Poppy’s dream come true – with the help of Carmarthen based businessman Ron Mounsey and his daughter Pippa.

On 26th June 2016 ten year old Poppy Jones and her dad Rob will take part in the Cardiff Triathlon together to raise money for Cerebra. But they will face an additional challenge – ten year old Poppy has cerebral palsy and Rob will be pushing/pulling her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by the charity’s design team.

Dad Rob is facing a real challenge in preparing for the event. He’s never taken part in a triathlon before and isn’t a regular swimmer, runner or cyclist. A few months ago he could only manage two lengths of the local swimming pool, didn’t own a pair of running shoes and is using his ancient bicycle to train.

On hearing of Rob’s predicament Carmarthen businessman Ron Mounsey and his daughter Pippa kindly offered to donate a bicycle so that the pair could complete their challenge. They presented the bicycle to Rob at the McDonald’s restaurant in Carmarthen on 22nd April.

Cerebra’s Innovation Centre, a partnership project with the University of Wales Trinity St David, are designing and building the custom-made equipment that Rob and Poppy will need to take them to the finish line: a boat that can be pulled for the swim and a chair that can be pushed for the running element and attached to the bicycle for the cycling phase. Now that they have a suitable bicycle the Innovation team can complete their work and the exciting designs will be unveiled soon.

Ten year old Poppy was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. She can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her. She has suffered many health problems over the years and there have been times when doctors didn’t think she would pull through.

Dad Rob explains, “there have been times when it has been very touch and go and we feel very lucky that she has been with us for the last 10 years”. But having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop Poppy having fun. Poppy is a determined character with a great sense of humour. Her sense of adventure knows no bounds. She is a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie and has a true competitive spirit. Rob explains, “Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’. I’ve got my work cut out though as Poppy doesn’t want to just take part – she wants to win!”

Cerebra, Rob and Poppy are also grateful to Beiciau Hobbs in Carmarthen for donating a cycle helmet.

If you would like to support Rob and Poppy please visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Jones42. Or if you would like to sponsor the project in any way please get in touch with us on 01267 244221.

You can follow their story on social media #Poppysdream.