Kate Williams faced tough competition and extreme heat as she participated in the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Mexico earlier this month - and raised money for Cecily's Fund as she did so.
Cecily's Fund is fortunate to have a number of our supporters complete sponsored events each year - but Kate's efforts have really captured our imagination. She travelled all the way to Cozumel, Mexico to take on other triathletes of her age as part of the British team.
Kate (pictured above before the event and after, with her competitor's medal) was disappointed with her time in the event and had some struggles with the heat and freak waves but looks back on her trip to Mexico fondly:
"I encountered (along with many others in my 'wave') a freak current which almost stopped us; several people even slower than me were collected by boat and (unfairly in my book) disqualified for a slow time. But the long swim took it out of me and after a reasonable bike leg, I started to suffer from heat exhaustion (you will have seen in the news that this happens even to the very best!) and managed to stagger over the line, only to be hit by dizziness, failing vision and flashing lights in the eyes! It was SO hot and SO humid. I was putting ice down my front and back and on my head and still could not bring my pulse rate down.
However, altogether it was the most amazing experience."
So far Kate has raised well over £750, a great total which will make a real difference in Zambia. If you're as inspired by her heroic efforts in Mexico as much as we are, please think about sponsoring her via her JustGiving page.