Ex-pupil wins first triathlon in Jordan

Robert Trigwell, left.
Robert Trigwell, left.

A 25-year-old man from Newnham was the winner of the first ever off-road triathlon held in Jordan at the weekend.

Robert Trigwell, who attended Danetre School, beat more than 100 other athletes to claim the title on March 30 after being in the country for the past 18 months for work.

He said: “I entered the race purely out of fun.

“It was cool winning the men’s discipline, and the overall race, as it was the first ever one – but with the local support that was shown by race organisers and the locals when you cycled past them I doubt it will be the last.”

Older brother, Stuart Trigwell, 30, of Lady Close, said he was very proud of his sporting younger brother.

He said: “He has always been into sports and used to be part of the running club – he liked to kept himself fit.

“The whole family are really proud of his fantastic achievement as well as the work he is doing over there.”

Robert Trigwell finished his degree at Edinburgh University and now works to assess the well being of Syrian refugees living in urban areas of Jordan and Iraq as well as refugee camps. He maps camp infrastructures and the needs and vulnerability of Syrian people.

Mr Trigwell has no immediate plans to return to Newnham where his family live.