If swimming 5k seems daunting, spare a thought for one of our partners, Juliette Packham, who swam this distance twice, one day after the other! Carrying on from her 12 week 50 mile charity swim from last year, she signed up for a bigger challenge just before Christmas; a triple 5km! But with a busy New Year schedule and only 5 weeks to go until the event having not been in a pool for 9 months, it didn’t look like even a single 5km was on the cards. In the run up to the event she had been helping the Suir Engineering Leadership team develop their coaching skills and it was in these sessions that she asked them to help her with motivation to get going and focus on achieving the best she could in the short time she had left to train.
Using “together the power to improve”, their thoughtful coaching got her into the right mindset to swim a mind numbing 5km, 2 days running, raising money for Marie Curie Foundation and Cancer Research UK. The first swim took 1hr and 51 minutes and a more impressive 1hr 54 minutes on tired arms the next day! They’ve even spurred her on to keep going and join a masters club to keep progressing to bigger and better challenges! Watch this space for next year’s challenge!
If you’d like to donate to Juliettes funding page for this great cause, please visit her funding page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/juliette-packham2019
Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK are both charities close to my heart and apart from the finds raised on her just giving page, she has donated her S A Partners charity contribution of £670 to their worthy causes.
Marie Curie provides expert care, guidance and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families.
At Cancer Research UK they want to bring forward the day that all cancers are cured. They are the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research and is the only charity fighting over 200 different types of cancer; at both a national and regional level, from the most common cancers; such as breast and lung, to rarer types; like pancreatic and children’s cancers.