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Laura Lacey, a 30 year old Veterinary Nurse from England, is competing in the First ever Playitas Challenge on behalf of the Twinkle Trust.

Laura has been a volunteer for the Twinkle Trust for about 3 years, doing the neutering trips to Fuerteventura twice yearly. An opportunity came up for her to move out here and look after some of the old, unwell, Fuerte cats so she has taken it on a 6 month trial basis, working part time at "Species" the new vets in Caleta de Fuste. She started doing exercises in early 2010 to lose weight and through the group she trained with met some amazing inspirational people including some who do Ultra marathons and even an “Ironman”. With support and encouragement plus a stubborn determination, when everyone around her said she couldn't / shouldn't / wouldn't make it, she completed her first, very short distance, triathlon in September - and she hated it.... this made her try all the harder, just to prove those doubters wrong.

They are addictive and she has done quite a few, including some off road, and has also lost over 20kg.

The Triathlon

30th April, from Las Playitas.

1st 1.9km swim in the sea, starts at 8am.
2nd 90km cycle which takes in La Pared and Ahuy
3rd 21.1km run (a half marathon) into Gran Tarajal

10 hours maximum to complete it all in. She is hoping for sub 9 hours but will just be pleased to complete it at all. The top guys and gals will finish in about 4 hours!!!!!!!!!!! They are amazing elite machines.
Currently she is one of approx 180 competitors


I decided to do this Challenge for many reasons. It is the first Challenge Triathlon on Fuerte, it is a half Iron Distance which means it is so very much further than I have competed before, I thought it would be a good way to raise Twinkle Trust Profile on the island.
I have been training out here since March. Acclimatisation is hard, the heat, the wind and the landscape are a far cry from London in Winter. The locals laugh daily as they retire away from the sun at lunchtime and I am heading out to run or cycle. I have cycled to the top of Betancuria once, which was amazing, I was overtaken by a JCB I was going so slow but I didn't quit!!!!

All the money raised goes directly to the cats here in Fuerte. We use it to pay for the food for the cat cafes, drugs to treat them and neuter them. Each neutering trip costs 3-4000 euros to fund the supplies, All the volunteers pay their own flights and we usually get accommodation offered to us by friends and helpful Fuerte residents.

Help is greatly appreciated in any form whether it be financial, physical or simply encouragement visit: or come see me in Species in the afternoons.

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To find out more about the Twinkle Trust visit and see what they do.

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