"TWO Down, three to go!"

An NHS worker who has set herself the challenge of completing five sprint triathlons in a week to raise funds for Nightingale House is well on her way.

Helen Massey, from Wrexham, began her first triathlon at Hope Lake on Saturday morning.

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After the swim, Helen began the cycling stretch of the challenge

After the 750 metre lake swim, the 58-year-old hopped on her bike for a 12 mile cycle from Hope to Wrexham and back, before rounding off the challenge with a five a 5km run around the park.

That would be enough for most people, but Helen has set herself the task of repeating it all four more times - with just one day to recuperate between each triathlon.

All while continuing to do her shifts with the Enhanced Community Residential Services in Deeside.

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Helen at Hope Lake on Saturday

After completing the second triathlon today, Helen said: "The first one was as good as the one this morning. I was a bit nervous at first, but the swims, cycling and runs have gone really well.

"The swim in the lake was quicker on the second day, but where I thought the cycle and run were quicker to they weren't. I was a bit gutted really. I don't know why, but I'll work on that on Wednesday.

"It is easier as I get on, I think the third one will be easier again, I'm getting more relaxed and enjoying it more. I can't wait for Wednesday now to do the next one."

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Helen completes the sprint triathlon with a run

Helen has three triathlons to go before the week is out, and she is close to reaching her target of raising £1,000.

You can support Helen and Nightingale House by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-massey2