Renowned for being the season opener in the UK triathlon calendar and set in the grounds of the world heritage site, the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon takes place on 4-5 June 2016.

Simon Davies

With distances of super-sprint and sprint and the option to take part as a team-relay, the event is the ideal starting place for any keen triathlete.

Amongs the participants taking on the challenge for the first time are Oxford local Rachael Nimmo, Simon Davies of South Wales and South African born Chloe Speller, all of whom will be blogging their journey as they build up to their first ever triathlon.

Rachael Nimmo, a 37 year-old researcher at UCL Cancer Institute is taking part in her first triathlon to raise money for Bloodwise. Completely fresh to the world of multisport, Nimmo is using the event as motivation to regain her fitness.

Having played football since childhood, Nimmo ‘gained a Blue’ with Oxford whilst she was a student and now plays with Headington Ladies FC.

Despite being active every week, Nimmo commented in her first blog post: “I am not very fit anymore despite continuing to lug my ageing carcass around a football field every Sunday – I am not someone who enjoys running unless I am chasing a ball… I signed up for the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon as it is in a beautiful location, just up the road from where I live in Oxford.”

Also preparing for his triathlon debut is Simon Davies from Bridgend, South Wales. The 51 year-old has completed at least one fundraising event every year for the past 11 years – everything from skydiving and hiking to cycling events, but this will be Davies’ first attempt at triathlon.

Speaking of his motivation, Davies commented: “Recently a very close member of my family and great friend was sadly diagnosed with cancer; witnessing their horrible battle has spurred me on immensely to increase my fundraising efforts for Bloodwise and take on a new challenge in the form of the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon.”

Joining Rachael and Simon at the start line is South African born Chloe Speller, who was encouraged to take part in the event by a friend and previous Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon finisher. With a primary goal of finishing, and most importantly, enjoying the event, Chloe is looking forward to her first triathlon experience.

“I have been active all my life, but found the vast amount of information and terminology on training techniques, nutrition and equipment overwhelming. Ultimately I want to enjoy the journey to the start line as much as I will crossing the finish line so I’m going to start by trying to swim and run regularly, building up to 5km runs before I think of doing anything more scientific!”

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