Following the success of the very popular Tonbridge Triathlon on May Bank Holiday, the event organisers, Tonbridge Lions Club, have made a £1000 donation to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

At the KSSAA helicopter base at Marden, Lion President Gordon Hill, presented a cheque to the medical crew who were on duty that day.  The Chairman of the Lions’ committee for the Triathlon, Paul Davidson, who also visited the base said, “The event was acclaimed a great success by the competitors and we are delighted that our annual fund-raiser has enabled us to make a sizeable donation to this important emergency service. Our thanks go to Tonbridge School & Warners Solicitors for their support for this Lions activity.”

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Photo: Lion President Gordon Hill presents the cheque to Paramedic Ben Macauley, watched by Lion Paul Davidson, Dr Marwa El-Zanfaly and Paramedic Natalie Brodrick.




May Bank Holiday saw the return of the immensely popular Tonbridge Triathlon.

The event, now in its twenty sixth year, is organised by Tonbridge Lions Club and involves swimming in the award winning indoor pool at Tonbridge School, a cycle discipline that covers the beautiful Kent countryside and a run within the excellent Tonbridge School sports ground, culminating on the renowned school running track.


Just over 450 athletes were drawn from all over the south east of England including some of the top tri-athletes in the region competing over two distances, the Standard (800 metre swim, 50km cycle, and 10k run) and the Sprint (400 metre swim, 25km cycle and 5K run).


The Standard distance male winner Gunther Zechmann completed the course in 2hr.31min.50secs. The Standard distance female Catherine Linney from 7Oaks Tri Club finished in 2hr.47min.19secs.

The winning male in the Sprint distance, Rob Parry, took 1hr.10min.47secs, the winning Sprint female, Lizzy Brama, completed in 1hr.23min.19secs, both athletes were from Crystal Palace Triathletes.

All competing athletes were presented with medals at the finish from Tonbridge Lions President Bob Bartlett and the Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling Cllr Mark Rhodes together with their ladies Jan Bartlett and Julie Rhodes. 


Paul Davidson, chairman of the Tri-committee said “Tonbridge Lions Club would like to thank all the competitors, their friends and family who supported them and gave the event such a friendly atmosphere. Also a big thank you to all the volunteers including friends of Lions, the ATC and Police Cadets who helped us run the event and raise over £15,000 for local charities and good causes.

In addition, we like to thank Tonbridge School and Warners Solicitors for their continued support as without them we would not be able to run the event. Also we would like to thank Sainsbury’s for their support”.   



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