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Cult comedy stars don swimming caps to urge people to join fundraising iTRI triathlon

Published on
14 May 2019

Actors Harry Peacock and Ricky Grover call for people to sign up to ‘iTRI’ triathlon challenge

Cult comedy stars Harry Peacock and Ricky Grover have donned their swimming caps in a new video to encourage people to sign up to Barnardo’s new fundraising triathlon challenge - iTRI.

Harry Peacock, known for playing Ray Purchase in the Channel 4 comedy series Toast of London, appears in the Barnardo’s video alongside actor Ricky Grover, whose comedy persona Bulla also has a cult fanbase.

Harry Peacock and Ricky Grover
Harry Peacock and Ricky Grover

The pair appear in swimming caps and towels as they explain how people can take part in the iTRI challenge to raise money for Barnardo’s. They later whip the towels away to reveal full pantomime costumes demonstrating how people can fit iTRI around their daily lives. ​​​​​​

As part of a new virtual triathlon, fundraisers are challenged to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles over the course of a month while raising sponsorship to help vulnerable children and young people.

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/-JUtgtf2q-A 

Harry Peacock, said: “The iTRI challenge is a brilliant way to support Barnardo’s while challenging yourself at your own pace.

“Can’t complete an ironman triathlon in one day? Not many people can! With iTRI you can spread it out over the course of a month while raising money to help support some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.”

Harry Peacock and Ricky Grover in the video
Harry Peacock and Ricky Grover in the video

Ricky added: “All you have to do is a little run here, a little cycle there and a short swim and you have the whole month of June to complete it.

“By the end you will have completed a triathlon, which is a real achievement – and you’re really helping to transform the lives of children and young people in the process.”

The new challenge kicks off on June 1 and is free to enter. Rather than taking part in an organised race, participants will have the freedom to complete the set distances for running, cycling and swimming in their own time and at their own pace from anywhere in the UK.

Participants can either do the whole triathlon in one go or spread the distances out.

Completed miles can be tracked using Strava and MapMyFitness apps or participants can manually log their workouts via their online profile.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “Taking part in the Barnardo’s triathlon is a fantastic opportunity to test your fitness whilst raising vital funds to help support vulnerable children across the UK. We’d love to get as many people as possible involved in this challenge.”

Free registration for the iTRI challenge is open now until June 14, 2019. The challenge can be completed at any time between June 1 and June 30, 2019. To sign up, download your fundraising pack or for more information please visit: itri.barnardos.org.uk To watch the video visit: https://youtu.be/-JUtgtf2q-A