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Team Roofing Racers are pleased to be once again taking part in the AJ Bell London Triathlon to raise much needed money for two fantastic charities – Great Ormond Street & Macmillan Cancer Support.

In the nine years Roofing Racers have been taking part in the London Triathlon they have raised over a staggering £420,000 for charity.

On bike, on foot or in water, we take whatever Mother Nature throws at us and overcome it. Few things in life will be quite as exhausting, exhilarating, testing and rewarding as this swim-cycle-run triumvirate of challenges.

Whether participants from across the Roofing, Building Plastics and Windows industry take on all three gruelling disciplines alone or in a team of three, we make sure they not only get fit but also have fun along the way.

If you would like to make a difference by donating please click on the link above.

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About Us

Now in its tenth consecutive year, Roofing Racers represents a voluntary collection of teams and individuals made up of all walks of the Roofing, Building Plastics or Windows industries, who come together each year to take part in the prestigious AJ Bell London Triathlon.

Sponsored by a variety of companies, Roofing Racers presents a wonderful and rare opportunity for everyone in the industry to come together and join in the spirit of the competition, reaping the rewards of fun, friendship and camaraderie - as well as getting supremely fit!

Roofing Racers is open to all ages and backgrounds within the Roofing, Building Plastics or Windows industries industry including contractors, trade press, manufacturers, trade associations and distributors; everyone is welcome to join Roofing Racers, including first timers, sports enthusiasts and even the Triathlon elite. For sporting fanatics, the course can be completed as an individual, but for those who prefer to work as a team, the disciplines may be shared amongst three people.

History

How it all began… Starting out as a light-hearted joke in a board meeting with the banter continuing after a few drinks has now grown into such a huge celebration for the roofing industry.

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History

How it all began… Starting out as a light-hearted joke in a board meeting with the banter continuing after a few drinks has now grown into such a huge celebration for the roofing industry.

With only around twenty participants in the first year, each year has seen the event grow as word has spread throughout the industry fuelling friendly competition between colleagues, suppliers, customers leading to more money being raised for our two fantastic charities. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and Macmillan Cancer Support. Roofing Racers have provided tremendous support for these two charities over the years, with over £420,000 having been raised since it first began.

A record number of competitors took part in the 2015 event - 136 in total, comprising of 55 individuals and 27 others in teams - from across the Roofing, Building Plastics and Window industries.

Andrew Wakelin Managing Director, SIG UK Exteriors comments “This year saw such amazing efforts from our Roofing Racers. We were thrilled to be joined by first timers giving it their all and to see competitors that join us year after year, striving to beat their personal best and doing so! Every year we see the Roofing Racers team grow, resulting in continued support for Great Ormond Street and Macmillan Cancer Support and thanks to those individual efforts, they will continue to benefit enormously.

He adds, as well as being able to raise significant sums for charity, the whole event sees camaraderie in spades and every team member proud to fly the flag for the Roofing, Building Plastics and Windows industry


2016 Event

Saturday 6th August saw over 13,000 elites and amateurs compete in the world’s largest and most famous triathlon – the London Triathlon. With competitors giving it their all and over 30,000 spectators, all eyes were on our much-loved Roofing Racers, as for the ninth year they once again put on the performance of a lifetime!

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2016 Event

Saturday 6th August saw over 13,000 elites and amateurs compete in the world’s largest and most famous triathlon – the London Triathlon. With competitors giving it their all and over 30,000 spectators, all eyes were on our much-loved Roofing Racers, as for the ninth year they once again put on the performance of a lifetime!

Representing the Roofing, Building Plastics and Window industries,This year, an amazing 41 individuals and 21 Roofing Racers teams took part. Some were old hands, some were nervous first timers, whilst others were simply sports enthusiasts who couldn’t resist getting involved. However, they all had one thing in common, each gave their absolute best. Clad in wetsuits, lycra and trainers, they threw themselves wholeheartedly into the spirit of the competition and attacked the course full of enthusiasm - completing the 750m swim in the Thames, followed by a 20km bike ride, and a 5km sprint to the finishing line in true Roofing Racers style.

Special credit is extended to the following Roofing Racers who gave outstanding performances; Bernie Fyans became Roofing Racers’ fastest individual man - achieving an impressive time of 01:17:00, and the fastest individual woman was Ellen Curtis with 01:33:30. Meanwhile, Marcus Lightfoot, Grant Holmes and Frank Van Beers from Ubbink represented the fastest Roofing Racers’ team with an extraordinary time of 01:25:35.


Individual Times

Team Times

Event

On Saturday 6th August, the Roofing Racers team - made up of competitors from across the Roofing, Building Plastics and Windows industry - well and truly earned gold medals for all their efforts and incredible fundraising. The team put in an amazing performance along with over 10,000 elites and amateurs, as they competed in the biggest triathlon in the world - the AJ Bell London Triathlon. With competitors giving it their all and over 30,000 spectators, it was an incredible day. In its tenth year, Roofing Racers are proud of their efforts; having raised over £460,000 for their much loved charities - Great Ormond Street Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support. 2016’s target is to raise a further £50,000 for both charities, and the team are doing all they can to make sure they smash this target.

Day Event

Day Event

With a huge expo in the Excel Centre; featuring essential advice & equipment offered to participants during the final preparations for Race Day, a range of Q&A’s and small seminars and also talks with the charities themselves. Include this with over 38,000 people from across the world either taking part or cheering others on, it’s set to be an excellent event!

In addition to this, Roofing Racers have secured a position in the VIP wave to start the race. This means that they will be in amongst some well-known celebrities and have the added benefit of enjoying a private registration room for family and friends to relax in with refreshments included.

The event will be starting off with a 750 meter swim in the River Thames, the individuals and teams of Roofing Racers will then undertake the 20 kilometres cycling challenge. This will be followed by a 5 kilometre sprint to the finishing line to complete the world’s largest triathlon – and raise money for two great charities!

To view photographs from this year’s triathlons & evening event please click on the below link. http://www.jcdphotography.co.uk/client-galleries/gallery/roofing-racers-triathlon-2016


Evening Event

Evening Event

With the sporting challenges of the day over its time to celebrate the days accomplishments!!

After the event, more than 230 Roofing Racers, along with friends, families and colleagues, boarded the Dixie Queen boat and took a trip down the Thames - even those who had swum in the same river just a few hours earlier! Great fun was had by all, with dancing late into the night and everyone celebrating the achievements of the day and the last 10 years in true style.

Commenting on the day’s success, SIG’s Managing Director, Andrew Wakelin said: “Congratulations to everyone who competed in this year’s event and made the tenth anniversary of Roofing Racers a day to remember. Thanks also to all the fantastic supporters who always help make this occasion even more special. We were pleased to see an amazing number of members of the Roofing, Building Plastics and Windows industry come together in this challenging event, and their sense of camaraderie was second to none.

“As every penny counts for our charities, we really need to hit this year’s target of £50,000. For those who haven’t yet sponsored Roofing Racers, there’s still time to pay tribute to fellow industry colleagues and help make a difference to many peoples’ lives,” adds Andrew.

To view photographs from this year’s triathlons & evening event please click on the below link.http://www.jcdphotography.co.uk/client-galleries/gallery/roofing-racers-triathlon-2016


Equipment

Equipment

TRI UK offer some great exclusive deals and expert advice, that ensures you are left frustration free to focus all your energy on training!!

With bike packages at various price points these will suit anyone and everyone no matter what their budget or training and racing aspirations!

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EVENT SPONSORS

Special thank you to our sponsors

OUR CHARITIES

Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. How to talk to those close to you. What to do about work. How you’ll cope with the extra costs.

At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So when you need someone to turn to, we’re here, because no one should face cancer alone. We can help you find answers to questions about your treatment and its effects. We can advise on work and benefits, and we’re always here for emotional support when things get tough.

Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support to help you feel more in control of your life.

We are millions of supporters, professionals, volunteers, campaigners and people affected by cancer. Together we make sure there’s always someone here for you, to give you the support, energy and inspiration you need to help you feel more like you. We are all Macmillan.

For support, information or if you just want to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

Thank you

Macmillan relies on voluntary donations for 98% of our income support from SIG has made such a difference to Macmillan and to people affected by cancer.

At Macmillan Cancer Support, we have a huge task on our hands to ensure that we can fulfill our ambition of making sure that no one faces cancer alone.

Thank you for your support, it was really fantastic to see first hand the commitment passion and determination on the day of the triathlon and how everyone was united and focused on enjoying the day, challenging themselves and showing their support. This is also evident in the donations that have been received to date. Over the years that SIG have been supporting Macmillan you have donated £150,000 which is a fantastic achievement. This kind of amount could fund 5555 nursing hours which has made a huge difference and you should all feel very proud of the part that you have played in achieving this.

Day in the life of a nurse

Charmaine is a Macmillan Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist at St George’s Hospital in London. She knows how life changing a cancer diagnosis can be. ‘When someone’s diagnosed, it’s an earth-shattering moment. My main role is to give them information – because information is power, and helps them to make informed choices.’

Charmaine is there for her patients from the moment they’re diagnosed, all the way through the cancer journey. ‘It’s about using my experience and knowledge to help navigate people through the pitfalls of that journey. Some of them look at me like their aunty because of the advice I give them.’

As well as providing information and support, Charmaine is there to listen too. ‘Sometimes it’s just letting them offload their worries. They feel like they can’t talk to partners or family members because they don’t want them to see a chink in their armour. So I tell them they can talk to me about anything they want.

‘I give them all my contact details and explain that if I’m not there when they phone, they should leave a name and number I’ll call them back as soon as I can.’

Charmaine says it’s also helpful for her patients to talk to others who have finished treatment and come through the other side. ‘Cancer can be all-consuming, but we try to show them there’s light at the end of the tunnel. They just need to get through treatment, and then learn to live with the effects of the cancer – not for it to take over their whole life.’

And Charmaine can see the impact her support has. ‘I love my job because I know I make a difference. I can see a patient collapse at diagnosis or who’s so anxious that she rings me at three o’clock in the morning – and then see her come out the other side, stronger and able to talk about it. Being a Macmillan nurse is like wearing a badge of honour, and I love it.’


Macmillan Cancer Support

Great Ormond Street Hospital

​Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, with the broadest range of dedicated children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who havesome of the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise vital funds to enable the hospital to provide world-class care for the patients and their families. You can find out more about what we do by visiting www.gosh.org

Since 2010, Roofing Racers have been fundraising for our neuroscience wards, after Russell Pagan’s son Christopher was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital. He received care on both our old ward and our newly opened Koala Ward.

Roofing Racers have contributed over £180,000 so far towards Koala Ward over the past four years. These donations have been used to fund a number of different areas throughout the Ward, including:

• Bedroom facilities, such as fold-out beds for parents to stay with their children.

• Play areas and play specialists to help the children have fun, recover and help them to understand their illness.

• Essential state-of-the-art equipment that falls outside of what the NHS can provide.

Challenge events, like the London Triathlon that some of you took part in, altogether contributed £4 million last year to the hospital, which makes a massive difference to the care they can provide.

ADDING IT UP

The hospital relies on donations to be able to do the amazing things it does. Here are just a few examples of where our donations go:

• £30 could fund an hour of research time, helping doctors to improve diagnosis and find new cures and treatments for very sick children.

• £50 could help give one of our families a good night’s sleep in the hospital’s parent and family accommodation, and let a poorly child stay close to mum or dad.

• £95 could fund a support worker for a day, providing emotional and practical support to patients and their families, when and where they need it most.

• £39,000 would by a head box which is part of the brain wave monitoring device used in the telemetry unit in Koala. Equipment is expensive which is why having the funds made available from SIG Roofing Racers allows us to keep planning for the area we most need it in within the ward.

To find out more about what your donations mean to us please visit www.gosh.org/donate

THANK YOU

Roofing Racers have made such a huge difference to GOSH and we are very pleased to be a part of your fundraising through the London Triathlon.

We would like to thank you all on behalf of the children, parents and staff for everything you have done and continue to do to raise such an amazing amount. We look forward to working with you for many years so the hospital can continue to offer the best care possible to the patients in Koala Ward.

You can find out more about how patients are benefitting from the care in Koala Ward by reading Rudy’s story below.

RUDY’S STORY

When Rudy was five years old he was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to undergo an operation to remove a brain tumour. Rudy’s dad, Sam, shares their story.

Rudy at home
Rudy at home

“Rudy was five when he suddenly started being sick for no apparent reason. For the next five months, he didn’t eat very much and had no energy. The spells of sickness became more frequent and lasted for longer. This got progressively worse until Rudy couldn’t attend school any more, which was really hard because he missed his friends. As well as nausea, we noticed that Rudy had started rolling his head and slapping his feet as he walked.

“After a particularly harrowing holiday in Cornwall, during which Rudy didn’t eat for three days, we sat down and decided that enough was enough. We saw a private consultant paediatrician and after watching video footage of Rudy’s unbalanced walking, the consultant instructed us to pack a bag and go straight to the A&E, where they wanted to do a scan of Rudy’s brain. My heart sank as they explained that Rudy had a sizable tumour and that this was stopping the flow of cerebral spinal fluid to his brain. They said we needed to go straight to GOSH for an operation to release the pressure building up in his brain. I’d always associated the hospital with really sick children, so I felt incredibly scared.

“We arrived at GOSH and went to Koala Ward, where we met the most reassuring and calm team of staff. It felt like one of their jobs was to look after the parents as much as it was to look after the children.

“Our surgeon, Mr Kristian Aquilina, spent time explaining what was going to happen next. He understood what a shock it was to hear all this new information. Rudy had his first operation the next day. The doctors released the pressure in his brain and took a sample of the tumour for examination. Tests revealed that Rudy’s eyes were in a very bad way and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mr Richard Bowman, explained that if the tumour had been left any longer, Rudy’s vision would have been compromised. The seriousness of his condition was just setting in.

“We were told that Rudy had a rare kind of benign brain tumour called pilocytic astrocytoma. Previously, chemotherapy had been mentioned as a treatment option, but now we were told that Rudy needed to have a risky operation to remove the tumour.

Rudy
Rudy

“The operation took a nerve-wracking six-and-a-half hours. Afterwards, there were a few complications and Rudy had to stay in recovery for quite a while. His condition worsened and Rudy was unable to feel the right side of his body. A scan revealed a blood clot had formed in his brain, which was almost the same size as the tumour. Mr Aquilina operated once again to release the air and remove the blood clot.

“The following days remained worrying as Rudy’s recovery was slow and variable. One week later, though, we had our first good day with no headache, temperature or vomiting – Rudy was on the up at last.

“During Rudy’s recovery, the nurses on Koala Ward were fantastic. They all fell in love with Rudy and looked after him as if he was their own. I’d frequently find the nurses dancing around Rudy’s bed and making him laugh. Whether it was the volunteers that played with Rudy so I had time to talk to the consultants, Mr Aquilina popping in on his weekend off or Syed, the cleaner, who helped me change Rudy’s sheets, everybody worked together to make Rudy better. I’ve counted over 75 people who helped Rudy in one way or another, and I can’t thank each of them enough.

“The future looks good for Rudy. Our consultant recently told us that we don’t need to go back to hospital for another six months, which is a great boost. It’s the most humbling place I have ever been in my entire life. Without them Rudy wouldn’t be here today.”


Great Ormond Street Hospital

Training

Our training section provides nutritional information and videos for preparing for the triathlon.

Nutrition

What are the basic diet requirements for triathletes?

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Nutrition

What are the basic diet requirements for triathletes?

In addition to swim, bike and run training, triathletes must also focus on their diet. A healthy triathlon training diet will significantly improve your triathlon performance. An adequate triathlon training diet in terms of quantity and quality, before, during and after training and competition, will maximize your triathlon results.

  • Basic nutritional requirements are the foundation for healthy eating.
  • When you eat enough food to meet basic requirements, you provide you body with just enough nutrients for energy and to maintain health and normal function.
  • Growth, tissue damage, repair and stressful environments can increase nutritional needs.

What happens if triathletes are not meeting basic diet requirements?

  • If triathletes are not eating enough food to meet basic diet requirements their bodies will not get enough nutrients and nutritional inadequacies may start to occur.
  • Symptoms include chronic tiredness, frequent illness, poor concentration, poor performance and poor recovery

What are the nutrients a triathlete needs and what do they do?

Carbohydrate Provides the superior fuel source for muscles during physical exercise. Carbohydrate is stored in limited amounts only and needs to be continually replenished.

Fibre Helps keep bowels regular and can help reduce blood cholesterol. Triathletes may need to decrease fibre pre-competition to prevent gut problems.

Protein is essential in the growth and repair of all body tissues, including muscle and bone; hormone and enzyme production; optimal immune function. Protein is also a minor source of energy.

Fat Provides the most concentrated and largest source of energy. Fat provides most of the energy for daily activity. Required for normal growth and healthy skin, production of certain hormones, structural component of body cells, supply of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Water Prevents dehydration, helps cool the body and acts as a transport medium. Stored in the body in limited amounts.

Vitamin B Complex Involved in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. B12 and folate are required for red blood cell production.

Vitamin C Enhances iron absorption, acts as an antioxidant (antioxidants ‘mop up’ free radicals, preventing cell damage), increases energy production, is necessary for the synthesis of collagen for the formation of connective tissue and bone.

Vitamin E An antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are substances that cause cell damage. As a result of greater oxygen uptake athletes have higher levels of free radicals. Antioxidants ‘mop up’ free radicals, preventing cell damage.

Iron Required for the formation of haemoglobin and myoglobin, the oxygen-carrying components of red blood cells and muscle cells respectively. Required for energy reactions to take place.

Calcium Required to build and maintain strong bones and teeth, essential for muscle function, blood clotting and nerve transmission.

Zinc Essential for normal growth, reproduction, immune system function and energy production in muscle cells.

Guidelines to meet basic triathlon training diet requirements

Eat a variety of food from each of the four major food groups each day (breads and cereals; vegetables and fruits; milk, dairy products and milk substitutes, especially low-fat varieties; lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and meat substitutes like lentils, chickpeas, soy beans and other beans). Prepare meals with minimal added fat (especially saturated fat) and salt. Choose pre-prepared foods, drinks and snacks that are low in fat (especially saturated fat) and salt. Maintain a healthy body weight by regular physical activity (which should not be a problem for marathon runners!) and by healthy eating.

Drink plenty of fluids each day. / If drinking alcohol do so in moderation.

Remember that the above are general nutrition guidelines that provide the foundation for a healthy diet. As a triathlete you need to get your basic diet right before you begin to work on your training and competition diet. You as a triathlete should eat a wide variety from each of the food groups (breads and cereals; vegetables and fruits; milk, dairy products and milk substitutes; lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts; fluids) to ensure you get the nutrients your body needs. In doing this you will also have interesting and satisfying meals.

Why do you need a diet plan for triathlon training?

You need a diet plan for triathlon training to ensure you are meeting your body’s increased nutrient requirements. These increased nutrient requirements will depend on your training volumes, frequency and intensity. Your requirements will also vary during the different training phases of the year. The skills you learn when designing your nutritional plan for training can be used to individualize your plan. Following sound nutrition practices is most important during triathlon training. If you think about it, you spend most of your time training and this is largely what determines your performance in competition. A good diet will help you maximize your training and your competition performance. Your diet on competition day is just fine-tuning of your training diet.

Competition nutrition is an extension of your triathlon training diet. The correct nutritional strategies before, during and after competition will help you achieve your ultimate goal. Planning your meals for competition is a good way of focusing on your triathlon event. By knowing when, what and how much you are going to eat and drink, you can be confident that you have the best possible nutritional preparation. Planning ensures that the food you want is available, whether you’re at home or traveling.


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