Nick Oulton leads the Ningwood Stars in the Wight Challenge. Picture by Ashley Vaughan.
THEY may have finished almost last, but the Ningwood Stars and the Ningwood Stripes were the heroes of the Wight Challenge triathlon this weekend.
Each team competing in the 29-mile challenge was asked to raise £300 in sponsorship for three charities — Wessex Heartbeat, Sail 4 Cancer and the Rainbow Centre, Fareham — but the two Ningwood teams have so far raised £5,500 between them.
The Oulton family and friends, including cocker spaniel Bobbie, were taking part in memory of friend Steve Le Butt, who died in July of oesophageal cancer, aged just 52.
His widow Charlie and daughters Livvy, nine, and Poppy, seven, cheered them on.
Team captain Nick Oulton, of the Ningwood Stars, said: "I had known Steve for more than 20 years. He was a great sailor so we donated all our sponsorship money to Sail 4 Cancer in his memory. We were really pleased to raise so much money."
Twenty-eight teams, including six from the Isle of Wight, took part in the Wightlink-sponsored Wight Challenge on Saturday, a gruelling 19-mile cycle ride, two-mile canoe trip and eight mile run starting at Jersey Camp, Porchfield.
The winning team, Two and a Quarter Men, from Surrey, completed the course in three hours, 15 minutes and nine seconds.
See Friday's Isle of Wight County Press for the full report.