Sussex-based charity founder takes on year-long triathlon challenge to raise £100,000

Rob Starr Triathlon Challenge Training

Olympic Triathlon Challenge Tasks

Rob Starr, Founder & Chairperson of the Starr Trust based in Shoreham, has Crohn’s disease, Arthritis and Osteoporosis and has committed to completing a triathlon challenge every week during 2022 as a fundraiser for young people at age 52. That is 52 triathlons in 52 weeks.

The Olympic Triathlon Challenge is a continuous event that runs for the whole year and consists of a 1500metre swim, followed by a 40-kilometre bike ride, then a 10-kilometre run. It claims to take Rob between 3-4 hours to complete, which means he will take around 200 hours to complete the event, he will swim 78 kilometres, cycle 2080 kilometres and run 520 kilometres.

Supported Starr Trust Applicant

The Starr Trust raises funds to help young people be the best that they can be and to help remove any roadblocks that they face in life. All funds raised will be given out to young people because the charity has all its running costs covered by Rob’s company, SEICO Group and uses no sponsorship money for running costs.

The idea for an Olympic Triathlon challenge came about because one of the young people that the charity supports (Nathan) needs to raise around £20,000 to enable him to reach the next Paralympics as a wheelchair tennis player.

He is a young man who has Cerebral Palsy and was a wheelchair racer the Starr Trust was supporting. During a championship race, Nathan suffered an accident that meant he could no longer race. So he switched to wheelchair tennis and is on the cusp of being chosen for the next Paralympics.

The Starr Trust is awarding their maximum funding of £5,000, but this falls £15,000 short. Therefore, Rob has pledged to raise this for him.

Like many charities, the Starr Trust has been unable to fundraise for the last 18 months and they have a large number of applications from young people in need. Rob’s challenge is to raise enough money to support Nathan fully and to also support as many of the new applicants as possible.

Nathan Freeman said: “I can’t believe Rob is going to do this for me, it’s amazing, I don’t know how he does it. Rob and the Starr Trust have been supporting me for years and they just make me feel I can achieve anything. They are such a big part of my family and are literally making this dream possible for me.”

Progress and Supporters

Rob Starr of the Starr Trust said: “I am equally excited and nervous to take on such a big challenge, but the young people our charity support need our help and as founder of the charity I feel it’s down to me to lead from the front.

“My biggest challenge will be keeping injury free and mentally strong enough to do this week after week for a full year, which is not always easy with my illness to contend with and life being as unpredictable as it currently is. But with the support I have around me, I have no doubt I will complete this and raise enough money to Remove as many Roadblocks as we can for young people.”

Rob is being supported on his challenge by Olympians Robin Cousins and Daley Thompson, both are supporters of the Starr Trust. Rob completed his first triathlon challenge on Sunday 2nd January 2022 and then every week thereafter throughout the year.

A weekly blog on the Starr Trust website will document Rob’s progress on the triathlon challenge and hope to inspire businesses and individuals to get involved or support however they can.

Fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/triathlon challenge

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