A couple due to be married at St Maryâ€™s Church in August, a neighbour to the Rectory and a couple of â€˜baptism dadsâ€™ were among the athletes who took on the rector of Byfleet in the Blenheim Triathlon this June.
The Revd John McCabe challenged 16 individuals to beat him in a 750m swim 20km bike ride and 5km run at Blenheim Palace â€“ and they did!
John said: â€œPublicity material was delivered through each door of the village to raise awareness of the community hall and we were delighted by the response.
â€œParticipants told us that local people have been generous in making donations â€“ including one chap who pressed a Â£50 note into the hand of electrician Gary Lowe who took part.
â€œThe event was terrific. We started in the Blenheim water at 11.20 and our winning team, the Cartledge brothers, finished 1hr 17 minutes later.
â€œGary was given the Byfleet group prize for best team captain for his excellent work holding his team together after cyclist, Paul Gadd, came off his bike.
â€œUnfortunately Paul broke four ribs. Byfleetâ€™s supporters and athletes showed tremendous care, finding kit (including Paulâ€™s very precious racing bike) and helping us retrieve him from accident and emergency where he had been taken for observation.
â€œSince then team members have also been supporting him and his family.
â€œOverall, there was a remarkable sense of team spirit and there are already plans for a repeat-fixture in 2013 - only this time for individual competitors to complete the whole course.
â€œWe hope to have raised around Â£1,000, but almost more importantly the triathlon has really helped to raise awareness in the village and amongst the community.â€
The parish hopes to start building the new centre in September 2013.