220 to do garden triathlon in aid of NHS

With the triathlon calendar currently empty, why not bring the triathlon to you? Well, that’s what 220 Triathlon’s features editor Matt Baird will be doing today, for he’s undertaking a middle-distance triathlon in his back garden in aid of the NHS.


Matt will start his recreation of the Outlaw Half/Ironman 70.3 Staffs/Slateman Legend, etc, at 1.30pm and plans to spend 50minutes swimming in his 2.6 metre long, waist-height paddling pool (luckily he’s only 5ft 6in, at a push).

He’ll then hit the turbo, planning to cover the 90km in 3.5hrs on Zwift. At around 6pm he’ll start running his 13.1 miles/21km the length of his garden (some 1,400 times) in around 2hrs. The plan is to finish at 8pm with a new middle-distance PB to coincide with the Thursday night round of applause for NHS staff.

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Here is a link to his just giving page where you can donate money to the NHS: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matthew-baird220


We will be following Matt and posting progress updates throughout the afternoon or you can follow him on Twitter @mattbairdtri