Raymond Owen, a vet at Ayres Veterinary Hospital in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, has raised almost £700 for charity Support Dogs by completing the Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham.

Vet Raymond Owen crosses the finish line in the Outlaw Triathlon

Mr Owen completed the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and full 26.2 mile marathon in 10 hours and 26 minutes, finishing 41st out of more than 1,000 entrants.

His feat is one of a number of activities planned this year by the Ayres team to raise funds for Support Dogs, which aims to increase the independence and quality of life for people with medical conditions by training and supporting specialist assistance dogs.

Ayres Veterinary Hospital is part of CVS (UK) and Support Dogs is its charity of the year for 2015. On Sunday, September 13 vet Jane Amaku will complete the Great North Run, while receptionist Lisa Horsborough plans to climb Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.

Later this year, Joy Cook, receptionist at the Whitley Bay branch who also runs Canine Academy, a dog training centre based in North Shields, plans to host a veterinary-focused Question Time event at Canine Academy. Ayres vet Anthony O’Mahony will be on hand to answer any questions.

Commenting on completing his event, Mr Owen said: “To finish in the top 3% in my first long distance triathlon made training for between 10 and 15 hours a week for nine months worthwhile.

“It is a big commitment on top of full-time work, but it is important to have a focus outside of work and I hope to do another similar event next year.”

Anyone wishing to support the team members’ fund-raising efforts can donate on their JustGiving pages or directly at the practice.

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