Ventia’s Double Summer Triathlon: Who Benefits and Why

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July promises to do more than heat up the North Devon countryside as the first ever Croyde Ocean Triathalon hits the streets, hillsides and waters of Croyde and surrounding villages this summer.

The organizers have teamed up with U.K.-based boutique serviced office space provider, Ventia, in efforts to raise £40k to support multiple local charities including Surfers Against Sewage, Surfers Not Street Children, Croyde Surf Lifesaving Club and Children’s Hospice South West.

Never content to sit on the sidelines, Ventia is sponsoring its own parallel event, the Corporate Challenge, a second triathlon whose proceeds will further help bolster funds for the charities.

As sports enthusiasts know, triathlons are not for the casual weekend fitness buff, and the Croyde Ocean/Corporate Challenge triathlons are no exception.

The course covers 1.5 km of open-water off the shores of Putsborough Sands, a calf-crunching 40km bike route designed by professional cyclist, Chris Green, architect of the London 2012 Olympic bike course, and a 12km off-road trail up muddy hills, complete with an audience of local sheep. The run is a full 2km longer than the usual Olympic tri-distance, allowing runners to take in the panoramic views of Putsborough, Saunton and Croyde bay.

Steve Baker, CEO of Ventia commented, “As a keen open-water swimmer myself I am delighted to be part of this new event. This area of the North Devon coastline was crying out for such an event, this is the perfect solution.

“I have seen how these events bring people together; the drive and challenge of the competitors is inspiring. We also want this event to act as a catalyst to raise money for three coastal charities: Surfer’s Not Street Children, Surfer’s Against Sewage and Croyde Surf Lifesaving Club, and local charity: The Children’s Hospice South West.”

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Nothing promotes goodwill quite as effectively as local business and community leaders working together to create an event that gets everyone involved and benefits some good local causes. Kudos to Ventia, Croyde Ocean and all who are working hard to pull this off.

Registration for the event opens on March 17th and is limited to 300 entrants, so Ventia urges participants to sign up early. The event has put together an excellent website – – complete with course details, a map and some interesting facts and details.

Everyone benefits from these community efforts — the sponsors, participants, attendees and, most of all, the charities. Of course, we know that Ventia is not alone in their efforts. Many business center owners and operators continuously reach out to sponsor events and programs that benefit their communities.

Let us know what events your business center is planning and we’ll make every effort to cover them as well. If you own or operate a business center and you have not yet helped sponsor a charity event, consider making it a priority this year. Yes it takes time, money and lots of effort; but the rewards are deep and long lasting.

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