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Every great challenge has a finish line

Take part in the St. James’s Place Sprint Triathlon and help bring children back to their families, where they belong

St Albans
Sunday 4 October
Nuffield Health, Highfield Park Drive, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0AH

Triathlon option: swim / cycle / run
Duathlon option: run / cycle / run


Participants congratulate each other at the 2019 northern event

The St. James’s Place Sprint Triathlon has been running for an incredible 18 years, raising in excess of £2 million for Hope and Homes for Children to help ensure children always grow up in families, never orphanages.

Following the Triathlon’s successful Northern debut in 2019, we’re delighted to share the news that the Triathlon will be returning to its ancestral home in St Albans this year!

As one of our Triathlon superheroes, you will be helping children to leave damaging orphanages and be reunited back with their existing families, where they belong. Find out more

Whether you’re about to embark on your first triathlon, or looking to get back into the sport after a break, training for one of our events is the perfect way to challenge yourself this year. And if you’re a St. James’s Place employee, you can maximise your fundraising impact with generous matching from the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation, making an even bigger difference to the lives of vulnerable children worldwide.

If you believe every child belongs in a family, register now and join us as we consign orphanages to history. Together, we can end this global crisis in our lifetime.

The cause

The vast majority of children in orphanages aren’t orphans at all: 80% of the 8 million children confined to orphanages have at least one living parent or close relative who could care for them, with the right support. And for children without family, there is always a better option than an orphanage.

To put it simply, orphanages don’t protect children, they harm them.

Hope and Homes for Children works across the world to keep families together, reunite families, and build new families, so every child can grow up in the care and support of a loving family. Our teams are working around the world to find safe, sustainable and loving family-based solutions for each individual child. At the same time, our international team is leading the global movement and driving reform to put an end to an antiquated system that is neither necessary nor working.


Carrol’s story

Carrol with his family

Reuniting families in Rwanda

Soon after Carrol was born, his parents began to worry that he wasn’t developing as quickly as he should. They knew something was wrong because Carrol has a twin sister, Estrella, and the difference between them was stark. Desperately worried, his parents sought medical help but no one seemed able to help. They heard about an orphanage in another district, a long way from their home, which cared for children with mental and physical disabilities. It seemed their only hope.

Here, despite the best intentions of the founder and staff, scores of children and young adults with severe learning and physical impairments were kept in poor conditions. Carrol lived there from the age of three; separated from his parents and his sibling and isolated from his community, existing day to day with no hope of a better future. But last year, our specialist team in Rwanda began working with the orphanage to reunite children with their families by supporting them to be able to care for their children at home. We have linked Carrol’s family with social support, health care and other services in their area to make sure they have the advice and resources they need. Now Carrol is reunited with his family and back where he belongs, with the people who love him.

Read more stories like Carrol’s at hopeandhomes.org.


Every pound makes a difference

£450 could pay to trace the birth families of up to ten different children, each confined to an orphanage somewhere in the world. This is the first crucial step in reuniting every child with the people who love them.

£900 enables us to monitor and provide ongoing support for three different families, who have just welcomed their son or daughter back home to where they belong.

£1,800 is enough to rescue a child from an orphanage and reunite them with their own family. Not only that, it will also pay for another child, at risk of being taken to an orphanage, to hold onto their own family and stay with the people who love them most.

Read more about the harm orphanages do, and the work of Hope and Homes for Children, at hopeandhomes.org.

FAQs

What are the race distances?
Triathlon: 400m indoor swim / 21km road cycle / 5km pavement run
Duathlon: 5km pavement run / 21km road cycle / 5km pavement run

I’m not fit—can I still take part?
Whether you’re about to embark on your first triathlon, or looking to get back into the sport after a break, training for these disciplines is the perfect way to improve your fitness. We are here to support with training plans and guidance, but make sure you give yourself plenty of time to train and put your best foot forward on the day!

Swimmers at the 2019 northern event

What time does it start?
Your triathlon start time is calculated factoring in your estimated time to swim 400m, how many other people will take the same amount of time and the overall number of event participants.

Start times: 7–9am

What registration and fundraising options are available?
Registration fee includes a T-shirt, race pack, chip timer and medal.

Individual entry
Entry fee: £30
Fundraising target: £450

Team of four entry
Entry fee: £100
Combined fundraising target: £1,800 (£450 per person)

Where will my fundraising go?

£450 could pay to trace the birth families of up to ten different children, each confined to an orphanage somewhere in the world. This is the first crucial step in reuniting every child with the people who love them.

£900 enables us to monitor and provide ongoing support for three different families, who have just welcomed their son or daughter back home to where they belong.

£1,800 is enough to rescue a child from an orphanage and reunite them with their own family. Not only that, it will also pay for another child, at risk of being taken to an orphanage, to hold onto their own family and stay with the people who love them most.

If you’re a St. James’s Place employee you can maximise your fundraising impact with generous matching from the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation. One hundred per cent of your fundraising will be matched by the Foundation, a proportion of which will be donated directly to Hope and Homes for Children with the rest going towards benefitting the many other fantastic causes the Foundation supports.

Cyclists at the 2019 northern event

Do I need my own bike to take part?
You can hire a hybrid bike from us on the day of the triathlon, for £25. You’ll need to book in advance—please email triathlon@hopeandhomes.org.

Parking
There will be parking available at both triathlon locations. You will be sent full details ahead of the event.

Post-race reception
Join us after the race to eat, drink and celebrate with your family and friends. Whether you’re competing for the coveted top fundraising team trophy or racing against the clock, there will be a wide range of inspiring awards up for grabs.

You will of course also hear more details about how your amazing efforts will help the vital work of Hope and Homes for Children.

Accommodation
Please email triathlon@hopeandhomes.org for a list of accommodation in the local area. To get the best rates we recommend booking your hotel well in advance.

Runners at the 2019 northern event

Kit list
Whether it’s your first event or you’re a seasoned pro, it’s still easy to forget something. Here’s a reminder of what you will need on the day.
Swimwear and gogglesTowel(s)Bike (hire bikes are available for £25, but you will need to book in advance)Bike helmet (you will not be allowed to race without a helmet) Cycle wear: layers, as the weather can be variableWaterproof jacketPadded cycling shorts/leggings (optional)Cycle gloves (optional)Water bottleRunning gear including trainers (you will receive a race T-shirt on the day before the start)Plastic bag or box to keep in the transition area, for any spare clothes or snacks you want to keep dry should it rain
Got a question not mentioned here?
We’re more than happy to answer any further questions that you might have. Please contact Samantha Shepherd on 07788 293844 or email
triathlon@hopeandhomes.org

Register now

By registering your place in the St. James’s Place Sprint Triathlon you acknowledge that we will contact you occasionally with further details of this event.

We take great care to consider how we and when we contact you and your personal information is treated with the utmost concern in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and all other data protection law. You can view our privacy policy at hopeandhomes.org/privacy. We will never share your data with any other organisation (unless they are working on our behalf). Thank you.

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