WORKERS at a Burton-based tile firm are taking part in a triatholon to raise vital funds for sick children.
Two teams from Russell Roof Tiles, situated in Wellington Road, are, for the first time, getting involved in 'Roofing Racers' – the roofing industry's national initiative to raise money by participating in the London Triathlon on Saturday, August 2.
None of the people involved has experience of participating in a triathlon before.
Russell Roof Tiles regional sales manager Paul McLoughlin said: "I'm delighted we have such committed teams from Russell Roof Tiles taking part, this is a great event to be involved with.
"Our teams are aiming to raise at least £3,000 for these two great charities and are all training really hard."
More than 30 teams from the roofing, roofline and window industries are joining forces to compete in a bid to raise £50,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The 9th consecutive London Triathlon will see a cross-section of first timers, sports enthusiasts and the triathlon elite all compete together to undertake a gruelling challenge that even some athletic contenders find difficult to complete.
Starting with a 750 metre swim in the River Thames, competitors will then undertake a cycle of 20 kilometres, followed by a five kilometre sprint to the finishing line.
Last year, more than 13,000 competitors took part.
Daniel Hancox and Adrian Ryding are both doing the 750 metre swim, Rachael Smith and Lyndsay Eaton are doing the 20 kilometre cycle, and Otto Mathiesen and Martin Davies are doing the five kilometre run.
Mr Hancox said: "Both Adrian and I are doing lots of open water swims to acclimatise ourselves to get ready for the River Thames swim.
"The rest of the team are also training really hard."