THIS time last year Gavin McLaughlin was fit and healthy, enjoyed swimming and running and had competed in the World Age-Group Triathlon Championships.

But over the course of one weekend in October a stroke slowly took over his body, leaving him unable to move.

Mr McLaughlin, who lives in Hampstead Norreys with his wife and two sons, had suffered a brain stem stroke and he spent four days at the RBH before being transferred to West Berkshire.

Less than two months later, and having spent his 25th wedding anniversary in hospital, Gavin was discharged and has now entered the BananaMan Triathlon, Dorney Lake, Windsor, on July 3 this year, despite still relearning to do all three disciplines. 

Now, just nine months later, the 51-year-old is preparing to embark on the toughest triathlon he’s ever taken part in, and also raise money for the hospital that helped him on the road to recovery.

We will be hearing more from Gavin on Paul Presents next week. However, he has raised £4,433 so far for new equipment for the West Berkshire Community Hospital League of Friends, which you can visit below:

Gavin McLaughlin is organising this fundraiser on behalf of WEST BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIEND

BananaMan Triathlon, Dorney Lake, Windsor. Saturday 3rd July 2021.

The BananaMan Triathlon is back. There are a total of SIX different takes on the triathlon theme which means there is something for everyone (males and females alike – BananaMen and BananaWomen) and anyone who wants to swim, bike and run in the UK’s most Bananas multisport event! Whether you get a triathlon taster with the Banana Split or take on the Whole Banana, there’s something for all abilities and ages. The BananaMan Triathlon is all about getting involved in as many different ways as possible and to help you rope your friends, family and enemies in, there’s a relay option, the Bunch of Bananas Relay. Extra points for anyone who wears yellow on the day! EVENT BENEFITS \- Iconic Olympic venue \- Clean, calm lake waters \- Fast, flat closed road bike and run course \- Suitable for all abilities \- Renowned for its electric and supportive atmosphere EVENT INCLUDES \- Finisher’s medal \- Free bananas for all! \- Free Parking \- Electronic chip timing \- Results texted to your mobile phone as you cross the line

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