Husband prepares for Olympic distance triathlon relay

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A man is preparing to cycle in an Olympic distance relay as part of a triathlon team to help find a cure for brain tumours. 

Phil Goode will be taking part in Challenge London, the world’s biggest city centre triathlon, along with eight of his colleagues from US engineering consultancy firm AECOM, on Sunday 6th August. He will cycle 40km as part of the challenge’s Olympic distance relay event, which will see his teammates Andy Payne and Ed Hutton swim 1,500 metres and run 10km respectively. 

It’s inspired by Phil’s wife Linda who was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in October 2021. Linda has undergone surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and has been stable for almost 12 months. 

Phil has completed three triathlons previously, but none since 2008. He said: “I was looking to raise more money for the charity when the guys at work, who know I ride my bike a lot, decided to enter this and invited me to come along.  

“I’m far more excited about it than I would be about other adrenaline-fueled fundraisers, like jumping out of a plane, but I’m also aware that I’m the oldest in the team.” 

Phil, whose sons Ben and Jonah raised more than £18,500 for Brain Tumour Research when they ran the Brighton Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon respectively, said: “Increased investment in research is desperately needed because it’s the only way of ensuring we have a pathway to a cure. 

“Thousands of families each year are in the same position as mine, at risk of losing a loved one to this awful disease, and it can’t be allowed to continue.” 

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