Harare – Two of Zimbabwe’s leading triathletes, Matthew Denslow and Alex Colegrave, will for this first time take part in the London Marathon on October 3 as part of fundraising effort.
Colegrave’s participation is in support of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), while Denslow – who won gold medal at the 2019 Troutbeck Junior African Cup in Zimbabwe – wants to raise funds for breast cancer research for UK-based organisation Breast Cancer Now.
Denslow told The Southern Times Sport that he would take part in the marathon with his partner, Annabele Webb.
“We are participating in the event primarily to raise money for breast cancer. Annabel is motivated by her adored grandmother who passed away in 2016 after a very long fight with breast cancer,” said Denslow.
Denslow has been training in South Africa and placed fourth at the recent South African Championships (20-24 Age Group).
“Preparations are going well. Both Annabel and myself are running well. She is not from a running background but has made major strides in improvement and is surpassing everyone’s expectations.
“She is an incredibly powerful woman who I’m sure is making everyone proud, especially her grandmother and family. She is my motivation,” said Denslow.
On his fundraising page, Colegrave said of his effort on behalf of WWF: “Growing up in Africa has given me an appreciation for the natural world that keeps the air we breathe fresh and the food we eat tasty.
“That is why I have decided to do my bit to give back to it, and I’d like to invite you to join me. By donating on my page you can be happy in the fact that you are both keeping your favourite animals safe and happy, as well as making a lazy university student get fit and ready for the start line! So you getting two for the price of one.”