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St John’s Church Ainsdale needs a new roof. The building has been closed since November 2011 and services are being held in the church hall while the money is raised to re-roof and reorder the church.

The Vicar of St John’s Church Ainsdale, Reverend Graham Birch raised £3150 towards the church Development Fund on Sunday 9th September when he completed not just a swim or a run or a bike ride but all three!

The Olympic length Triathlon held at Tatton Park, Cheshire involved swimming 1500 metres in the cold waters of the lake, cycling 38 kilometers and running 10 kilometers, with no rest in between.

It was a tough challenge and there were problems that Graham had not foreseen.

"The 1500 metres swim was a struggle as my wet suit was tight and I had difficulty breathing in the cold water. I managed to undo the back of the wetsuit while swimming and then I could breathe a lot better, but it was very cold."

Graham completed the swim and the bike ride went well, but he faced more difficulties in the 10k run. ‘I started to suffer from severe cramps and hobbled the last 7k in a lot of pain.

Despite these problems Graham completed the whole triathlon in a time of 2 hours and 50 minutes, faster than the 3 hours target he was aiming for.

The congregation of St John’s Ainsdale is very proud of their Vicar’s achievement and has given generously to sponsor him. A Church member said:‘Graham has set us all an example both spiritually and physically. When the church is re-opened we shall always remember the contribution he made to the fund raising.’

If you would like to show your admiration of Graham’s achievement  by contributing to the St John’s Church Ainsdale Development Fund  fund phone 577760


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