Son to run triathlon in memory of father who helped found Marlow Town Regatta

James Harrison

James Harrison

Son to run triathlon in memory of father who helped found Marlow Town Regatta

Originally published on Friday, June 3.

The memory of one of the founders of the Marlow Town Regatta is to be honoured when his son takes on his first ever triathlon in aid of a leukaemia charity.

Nick Fontannaz is lacing his trainers, pumping his tyres and polishing his goggles in preparation for the Blenheim Palace Triathlon on Sunday.

He will be raising money for Bloodwise, formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The 62-year-old, who lives in Willow Drive, took up the challenge following the death of his father, John, who lived in Marlow, of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a type of blood cancer, in 2012.

Remembering the time, he said: “We were very well looked after at High Wycombe General Hospital and I thought it would be lovely to put some money back into the charity so that research can be put into making life better for people with cancer, or maybe even affecting some sort of cure.

“He (John) was a great character and he was instrumental in keeping the Marlow Regatta alive after it went to Eton Dorney by setting up the Marlow Town Regatta and Festival.”

Nick will be entering the event, which takes place at Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, with his son Freddy, 26.

He concedes he had originally hoped to do something a bit gentler, such as a 10k run, but felt compelled to enter the gruelling triathlon after finding out it was a flagship fundraising event for Bloodwise.

And even more astonishingly he admits it will be his first serious exercise in decades.

“The last time I did competitive sport was some rugby just after I left school, but no other organised sport since then,” he said.

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