Local champions complete triathlon challenge

A resilient, community-spirited team of fundraisers swam, cycled, and ran their way to the finish at the Blenheim Place Triathlon this month, in support of the Brent Centre for Young People (BCYP). The Centre would like to take this opportunity to send a huge thank you to all-stars Giles Deards, Elena Fagherazzi, Antoinette Vanderpuije, Giorgia Michelti, Leonie Lawmon, Rachel Boothroyd, Simon and Jo Sanders, and Chloe and Steve Pooley for taking the time and effort to train and finish the BlenheimTri in support of our work.  

They were part of a wider cohort of 237 neighbours, including forty children, that under the banner of “KensalTri” participated in the event, which annually sees over 7,000 individuals complete a lake swim, followed by a bike course and run route around the Palace grounds. The Centre’s 11-strong team are on-target to raise £6,000 for the Centre, including sponsorship from Winkworth Kensal Rise and Queens Park.  

“We are extremely grateful to the Kensal triathletes and local supporters for their tireless fundraising efforts,” said Dr Maxim de Sauma, BCYP Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director. “Covid-19 has led to untold stresses on our population’s mental health and presented new obstacles to reaching Brent’s young people. The money raised will help us roll out initiatives to reach them in new and innovative ways.” 

Click here to learn more about the charities supported by KensalTri, or here to learn more about the Blenheim Triathlon.  If you feel inspired and would like to take part in a challenge event for BCYP, please email