The Winchester ‘Pedal Paddle Pace’ (or PPP for short) is a fun triathlon which takes place in the water meadows of Winchester, all to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event consists of a 20k cycle round the lanes of the Itchen Valley, a 5k run by the river Itchen, and culminates in a 2k kayak along the Navigation.
The event was originally devised in 2002 by Macmillan fundraisers but when entry declined to just 40 competitors in 2006 the event folded. Missing the competitive but fun nature of the challenge, a group of Winchester friends and I took the reins the following year. The number of participants has since steadily grown, breaking 500 last Year. The event is funded by the support and generosity of local Winchester and Hampshire businesses including, this year, a very generous donation from Forresters. These donations make the world of difference, as they ensure that all entry fees can go directly to Macmillan. Including corporate and personal sponsorship, the current committee have raised close to £150,000 for the Macmillan.
As illustrated by the picture of the 2016 start line below, the event attracts entry from all abilities, with previous winners including an Olympian (albeit a Team GB Sailor) and competitors including groups from WeightWatchers and, this year, the Mayor of Winchester and the odd septuagenarian.