Youngsters organise triathlon to help fort

Robert Brakes,10, and Caitlin Graysmark, eight, at Shoreham Fort, which they are raising money to support
Robert Brakes,10, and Caitlin Graysmark, eight, at Shoreham Fort, which they are raising money to support

A YOUNG military buff was so impressed by the work at Shoreham Fort, he has organised a triathlon to help raise funds.

Robert Brakes, 10, and his cousin Caitlin Graysmark, eight, will be swimming, cycling and walking over three consecutive weekends, starting on Sunday.

Robert, of Parklands, Shoreham, said: “I have always been interested in military things and when I came down to the fort and went on the tour, I saw how much work they are trying to do here.

“They said they still needed lots more money to get it all done, so I decided I really wanted to help them raise some money and came up with the triathlon idea.”

His mum, Sharon, said that although they’d always known about the fort, it was only recently that they’d actually visited it.

“A few of our friends support it, so we went down there,” she explained.

“Robert and Caitlin were really inspired by what they were doing down there. He has a keen interest in military history and he came out with the fund-raising idea himself.”

Sunday’s event will be a 250m swim – 10 lengths of Wadurs swimming pool in Shoreham, which is approximately the equivalent of the perimeter of Shoreham Fort.

On June 2, the pair will ride six miles from Widewater Lagoon to Brooklands Pleasure Park and back, continuing to Shoreham Fort.

A six-mile walk on June 9 will complete the challenge, taking the cousins from Highdown, Southwick, over the South Downs, back through Buckingham Park and through the town centre, before going over Norfolk Bridge and on to the fort.

“We would love it if you could help us by sponsoring us,” said Robert.

“No matter how small or large your donation, it will all help and we would be really grateful.

Robert and Caitlin, who lives in Southwick, have already raised £120 towards their £200 target.

Visit their sponsorship page at www.sponsorme.co.uk/sharonbrakes/robert-caitlins-triathlon-challenge.aspx to donate, email mrsshazzab@gmail.com or contact Sharon Brakes on 07917 208502.

The money will go towards the restoration of the fort. Find out more at its Military History Weekend, taking place on June 1 and 2, from 11am to 4pm, including re-enactment groups.