A Machynlleth based triathlon club has raised over £800 for Bronglais Chemo appeal in memory of their former secretary.

Cerist Triathlon Club held a special triathlon at Talyllyn Lake, involving an 800m swim, a 16 mile bike ride around the lake and a 5k run, to raise money in memory of the club’s secretary.

John Williams, secretary of the Cerist Triathlon Club, passed away in June 2022 after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Members of the Machynlleth club wanted to support the Appeal to pay tribute to his hard work and support for the club over many years.

Club treasurer Arwel Price said: “John was a great support to members, encouraging them to take part and helping with training. We decided a fitting tribute to him would be a non-competitive, social triathlon at Talyllyn Lake.

“The event was organised by head coach Gary Thapa and it was a chance for people to try out the triathlon disciplines, doing as much or as little as they wanted.

“Over 60 members, family and friends took part and it was lovely to see John’s wife Lynn and daughter Sian supporting on the day.


“It was a poignant but very successful day, a chance to chat and reminisce, and we are pleased to have raised over £800 through entry fees and donations for the unit where John received treatment.”

In total, the group raised £823 for the appeal with the triathlon.

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are grateful to members of the Cerist Triathlon Club for their support and to everyone else who has donated to the Appeal.

“We are delighted to report that the Appeal has now passed its target. However, given the current economic climate, we predict that construction costs will increase.

“Every penny raised, including future donations, will therefore go directly to the Appeal fund, with any surplus funds used to support those affected by cancer across Ceredigion and mid Wales.”