Jersey’s Cameron Arnell will tackle the Guernsey Granite Man Triathlon following life-changing brain injury
JERSEY resident Cameron Arnell will face more of a challenge than typical competitors in completing Guernsey Triathlon Club’s Granite Man Triathlon this September, following a life-changing brain injury.
Headway Jersey’s fundraising and events organiser, Bethany Gallichan, approached Guernsey Triathlon Club president Mark Naftel in April to ask whether they would support Headway and allow Cameron to compete in the event.
‘We were very happy to support Cameron in his attempt at Granite Man. His injury means that he may have problems remembering the course, but with chaperones organised for the bike and run sections and a dedicated safety kayak for the swim, I’m sure he will have no trouble completing it,’ said Mr Naftel.
‘The club was very pleased to provide Cameron with free entry to the event. Thanks to the support we receive from the Ana Leaf Foundation we have this kind of flexibility in our events.
’We’ve heard that Cameron’s training has been going so well that he has been leaving his cycling companion behind!’ he said.
Mrs Gallichan said: ‘We have been assisting Cameron in finding suitable chaperones. Harry McAlinden, a great supporter and runner, will guide Cameron for the run and we had hoped he would also cover the cycle but Cameron was so fit and fast during their last training session that we will need to find someone else to do this leg.’
The Guernsey Triathlon Club, established in 1988, holds a number of events each year and encourages participation from Jersey and UK-based triathletes. The Granite Man, one of the club’s most popular fixtures, is held biennially and consists of a middle distance triathlon (1900 metre swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile half marathon run) with a supporting sprint distance event (750 metre swim, 20k bike, 5k run) for athletes wanting a short-distance challenge.
This year’s event takes place on Sunday 8 September at 7 am starting at Pembroke Bay car park in the Vale.
‘Cameron will join over 100 competitors for the main event and 30 for the sprint event. We wish him and everyone taking part the best of luck,’ said Mr Naftel.
More information and entry for both events is available online via the Guernsey Triathlon Club website: www.guernseytriathlon.com.