Gerry McCann enters the Virgin Active London Olympic Distance Triathlon to raise funds for the charity
Missing People. He sets himself a target of £4,000.
He enjoys the luxury of receiving widespread media coverage
of his participation, as well as a high-profile interview on ITV Daybreak. Yet, but for a generous donation of £5,000
from actor, and fellow Hacked Off campaigner, Hugh Grant, Gerry would have failed to reach his target.
step I took, every push on the pedal and every stroke I swam, I did to help families of missing people," said Gerry after
completing the event.
Gerry's Virgin Active London Triathlon
2013 page (final figure)
|Gerry's Virgin Active London Triathlon 2013 page
Gerry's Virgin Active London Triathlon
Gerry's Virgin Active London Triathlon 2013 page JustGiving
|Gerry's Virgin Active London Triathlon 2013 page
While witnessing Kate train for the London Marathon on behalf of the charity Missing People, I decided
maybe I could set myself a challenge and help in some way too. It didn't take Kate long to organise my entry for the Virgin
Although a pretty onerous event, it's a challenge which I know will be far less than that
of being a parent of a missing child. The charity, Missing People, works incredibly hard to help missing children and adults
and to support their families - a lifeline for many in this nightmarish situation.
By participating in the London
Triathlon I hope to play a part in helping the charity and the valuable work it does. I am very grateful for your sponsorship
which will make a big difference to those who are missing and their families living this painful limbo.
very much for your support.
Gerry McCann will be competing in the
Virgin Active London Triathlon for us
|Gerry McCann will be competing in the Virgin Active
London Triathlon for us Missing People
|Missing People website announcement
To sponsor Gerry’s triathlon visit
or text GERR55 with the amount £5 to 70070.
Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine was abducted
in Portugal in 2007, is to take part in the Virgin Active London Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday 28 July to raise vital
funds for the charity Missing People.
The Virgin Active London Triathlon is the world's biggest triathlon.
Combining a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and finishing with a 10km run, the course is punctuated by some of the capital's most
famous landmarks. Gerry is aiming to raise £4,000 for Missing People, which offers a lifeline when someone disappears.
He said: "While witnessing Kate train for the London Marathon this year, I decided maybe I could set myself a
challenge and help in some way too. It didn't take Kate long to organise my entry for the Virgin London Triathlon!"
"Although a pretty onerous event, it's a challenge which I know will be far less than that of being a parent
of a missing child. The charity, Missing People, works incredibly hard to help missing children and adults and to support
their families - a lifeline for many in this nightmarish situation. By participating in the London Triathlon I hope to play
a part in helping the charity and the valuable work it does."
Missing People Chief Executive Jo Youle said:
"We're enormously grateful to Gerry who is taking on this this huge challenge, to offer a lifeline to the 250,000
people who go missing every year and their loved ones left behind. It is quite simply a phenomenal thing to do and will enable
us to offer a lifeline to even more families of missing children and vulnerable adults."
To sponsor Gerry's
triathlon visit http://www.justgiving.com/gerry-McCann1 or text GERR55 with the amount £5
Race will be tri-ing for Gerry McCann,
21 July 2013
|Race will be tri-ing for Gerry McCann Daily Star
GERRY McCANN is taking part in the London Triathlon to raise money for the charity
By Daily Star reporter / Published
21st July 2013
Madeleine's superfit dad said: "It's a challenge which
I know will be far less than that of being a parent of a missing child."
Heart specialist Gerry, 45, said:
"The charity Missing People works incredibly hard to help missing children and adults and to support their families.
It's a lifeline in this nightmarish situation."
Maddie vanished from the family's holiday apartment
in Portugal's Praia da Luz in May 2007 shortly before her fourth birthday.
Her mum Kate, 45, an ambassador
for the charity, raised nearly £22,000 when she completed the London Marathon in April.
Gerry said: "While Kate trained for the marathon I decided I
could set myself a challenge and help too. It didn't take Kate long to organise my entry for the Virgin London Triathlon!"
Gerry, from Rothley, Leics, hopes to raise £4,000. Kate and eight-year-old twins Sean and Amelie will cheer
him on during Saturday's 400m swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run.
The couple have been buoyed by Scotland Yard's
own probe into the Maddie mystery. It wants to quiz 38 suspects across Europe.
Madeleine father in charity triathlon bid,
24 July 2013
|Madeleine father in charity triathlon bid Herald Scotland
Wednesday 24 July 2013
THE father of Madeleine McCann will
compete in a triathlon this weekend in aid of a charity which supports family and friends of missing people.
Gerry McCann, whose daughter, then three, went missing six years ago in Portugal, will take part in the Virgin Active London
Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday to raise funds for the charity Missing People.
It will see him complete a
1.5k swim, 40km cycle and finish with a 10km run.
His wife Kate raised nearly £22,000 when she completed
the London Marathon in April for the charity.
Madeleine disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in
Portugal on May 3 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday.
Ahead of this weekend's challenge, Mr McCann, originally
from Glasgow, said: "Although a pretty onerous event, it's a challenge which I know will be far less than that of
being a parent of a missing child.
"I hope to play a part in helping the charity and the valuable work it
Running for Maddie, 24 July 2013
Running for Maddie ITV Daybreak
Published: Wed, 24 Jul, 2013
Gerry McCann joins us to talk about his planned triathlon
to help others like him who have had family members go missing.
The father of Madeleine McCann will compete
this weekend in aid of a charity which supports family and friends of missing people. Three-year-old Maddie went missing six
years ago in Portugal.
Gerry will take part in the Virgin Active London Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday to
raise funds for the charity Missing People.
By Nigel Moore
Kate Garraway: Now, earlier this month Scotland
Yard announced that after six years they were to launch a new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Andy Redwood: [archive footage] Over the last two years the review has told me is that there
is no clear definitive proof that Madeleine McCann is dead, and so on that basis I still genuinely believe that there is a
possibility that she's alive.
Aled Jones: Well, Madeleine's father Gerry joins us now.
Good morning to you, great to see you. How important is this new development for you as a family?
McCann: I think it is a big step forward, I think the most important thing is for the first time the authorities
are actively investigating and, errr... we have been delighted with the work that the Met have been doing over the last couple
of years and many of the things that we campaigned for; to get the ca... to get the review in the first place, have, you know,
come to fruition. We knew there were lots and lots of leads that need followed up, so it is very important to us,
Aled Jones: We heard from the Detective Chief Inspector there saying there's a
chance Madeleine is alive. Errr... you've had your hopes raised and dashed so many times over the last six years, is it
different this time?
Gerry McCann: Well, Aled, not a day goes by where we obviously don't
think about Madeleine and, just what Andy Redwood said there, I'm sure every single parent would agree with that; that
you are not going to accept that your child's dead unless there's absolutely conclusive proof of that. So we have
always lived in the hope that we could find Madeleine, and given the number of cases of children and, errr... who have been
taken and found many years later, there is real hope. We... and unfortunately for us, I think the... the biggest problem is
going to be that we won't know what's happened to Madeleine until we find who is responsible.
Because the temptation must be, I would have thought, to be on the phone all the time to Scotland Yard, saying: 'What
have you found? What are you doing?'
Gerry McCann: Yeah...
It must be very hard to step back.
Gerry McCann: No, I... I mean we've very much kept an even
keel, errr... throughout it, it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, errr... I think we have conditioned ourselves to
staying pretty much on the level. There are ups and downs, as you say, but we know they're doing excellent work, incredibly
thorough, errr... review, you know, real expert teams. So, we are very much putting the investigation in their hands and letting
them get on with it and... and it's taken a tremendous amount of pressure off us as a family, errr... to have that support
now and... and to know that people are now actively looking
Aled Jones: And the support of the
general public as well
Gerry McCann: Well, we've had that all the way through and, errr...
you know, we... I'm... we wouldn't be here now if we hadn't had that support, and it is so important that, you
know, it's part of why I am doing the triathlon on... on Sunday for Missing People to help support other families.
Kate Garraway: And... and Kate, of course, did the marathon didn't she? Which got... raised a
lot of money.
Gerry McCann: Yeah, she did, £21,000! I think she'll put me in the shade
there but, errm... I mean, Kate's training and... and how dedicated she was to it... it has inspired me actually. She's
got really, really fit.
Kate Garraway: Did she train harder than you?
McCann: Errm... She certainly trained harder and I can't quite keep up with her anymore.
Jones: You've got three disciplines, of course, you've go the 1.5 kilometres swim, 40 kilometres cycle ride
and then just... just at the end a 10 k run as well.
Gerry McCann: Yeah, I mean, I've always
done a little bit of running and cycling over the last few years but I don't swim very much and I've had to train
really quite hard because the prospect of swimming nearly a mile in the Thames is quite daunting actually. So...
Kate Garraway: I know.
Gerry McCann: So...
And it must be rewarding to do something so physically practical as well.
Gerry McCann: Yeah,
I mean, I have... I have trained hard and, errr... fitting it in around work obviously, training sometimes early in the morning
and, errr... after work and doing double sessions which, errr... the... some friends actually got me a triathlon magazine
so I've been reading all these training things but I think the swimming, errm... I've had to train really hard for
and I've gone from doing next to nothing to quite a lot now and putting up with doing three disciplines has been hard,
but injury wise it means I have managed to struggle through.
Kate Garraway: Oh well, best of luck.
Aled Jones: And it's for Missing people, as well, of course... a great cause. All the best
Gerry Mccann: Thanks.
Aled Jones: ...especially with the
swim. I think once you've done that you'll be fine.
Daybreak: Madeleine McCann search intensifies,
24 July 2013
Daybreak: Madeleine McCann search intensifies Yahoo! TV
Father appears on Daybreak to discuss new efforts from CPS
Morris | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 24-07-2013 08:56
|Yahoo! Contributor Network - Today's 'Daybreak'
Today's 'Daybreak' featured an exclusive interview with
a man who has become used to being part of news programmes over the last six years, since his daughter disappeared in Praia
da Luz in 2007. Gerry McCann was on the 'Daybreak' sofa to discuss new attempts by police to search for his daughter
Madeleine, who has not been seen by either him or his wife since holidaying in Portugal some six years ago.
to McCann, British police have approached the Portugese authorities to request permission to involve themselves in the search
for the disappearing child, who would now be nine years-old if found. The Crown Prosecution Service has apparently written
to Portuguese judges asking for permission for a team of individuals affiliated with the service to gather evidence, under
the auspices of local Portugese police.
While one doesn't wish to trivialise this issue, and of course the
family wish for some form of closure on the matter, the chances of finding Madeleine alive today and living in Portgual must
be incredibly remote. It's very hard to believe that any would be kidnappers would still be living in Portgual at this
time, and it has to be said, morbid that it is, that the best case scenario for this search would probably be finding a dead
body. Nonetheless, the efforts of the McCanns to locate their daughter go on, and the assistance of the British authorities
will no doubt be of some value to them in this endeavour.
Elsewhere, 'Daybreak' also discussed the remarkable
case of Shrien Dewani, a 33 year-old man who has been accused of plotting the death of his wife while they were honeymooning
in South Africa. Dewani has been confined to a local psychiatric hospital in his home city of Bristol, but medical experts
have now ruled that he is healthy enough to return to South Africa on extradition to face charges that he hired a local taxi
driver and two others to carjack the couple and kill his wife.
It's very hard to know the rights and wrongs
of this issue, but no-one can doubt that Dewani has suffered, considering he had to cope with severe depression and post-traumatic
stress disorder after the murder of his wife, and was widely considered a suicide risk. Of course, this won't count for
much if most people's eyes if he is found guilty of conspiring to have his wife murdered, but it is a cloudy and complex
case indeed, especially in a country in which so many car jackings take place.
The twins are eight ... they are always supervised
but in the next couple of years they will have to have freedom, 25 July 2013
The twins are eight ... they are always supervised but in
the next couple of years they will have to have freedom The Sun
- Says Gerry McCann ahead of triathlon for Missing People charity
|Driven ... Gerry McCann pounds the pavements in 10k run last year
By ANTONELLA LAZZERI Published: 25th July 2013
GERRY McCANN is gearing
up for one of the most gruelling physical challenges of his life.
On Sunday, he will be competing in the Virgin
Active London Triathlon — the biggest in the world.
Tackling the Olympic race, he will swim 1,500m, cycle
40km and run 10km to raise money for the charity Missing People.
Cheering him on will be his wife Kate and their
eight-year-old twins, Amelie and Sean — who are so excited by it they have even been "helping" their dad in
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Gerry, 45, reveals: "The twins think it's great. They are
good swimmers themselves — they've been doing a little bit of cycling and running.
"When we were
on holiday in Cornwall recently, we went out for a really nice cycle together and I sometimes take them running."
That holiday was part of Kate and Gerry's efforts to keep the twins' lives as normal as possible.
|Complete ... the McCanns before Madeleine's abduction
Their big sister Madeleine has now been missing for more than six
years. She was abducted from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
The twins can't
be closeted The twins know exactly why their dad is competing in Sunday's triathlon and why he is raising money for Missing
People. But Gerry and Kate are at pains to ensure Sean and Amelie never feel overlooked or over-protected because of their
tireless search for Madeleine.
Gerry says: "They talk about Madeleine all the time, that hasn't changed.
They talk about her regularly and draw pictures of her and talk about finding her.
"There's not a day
goes by when we don't think about Madeleine, miss her in some way, and obviously wonder where she is and what's happened
"We kinda have that all the time, but we've sort of adapted in many ways, and life seems pretty
normal most of the time.
"Working hard and doing all the family things with the kids is important. I've
been pretty adamant that we have got to let them develop and they can't be closeted.
|Exclusive ... Sun feature writer Antonella Lazzeri meets Gerry McCann
"I know, for us, there is increased anxiety but we can't
let that impact on them having a normal upbringing. Obviously it will get harder. They are eight now so they are always supervised,
but in the next couple of years it will be different.
"Little things — we were at the hotel and they
said, 'I will go and do it and go to reception and ask for something'. And you've got to let them. In a secure
environment, obviously appropriate for their age.
"For any parent it's a difficult thing, how far that
envelope stretches into what they want to do and what they think they are capable of. It's important they do get the level
of freedom appropriate, but it is a difficult balance."
He adds: "I think we are managing OK. The holiday
in Cornwall was lovely.
"We have another week's holiday planned in the UK. And Kate has got a couple of
days camping with the twins with a friend and their kids.
"We've been abroad with the twins as well, to
|Search continues Gerry and Kate McCann hold artist's impression of how Maddie might look at age nine
"You've got to keep doing things that a normal family would
Cardiac specialist Gerry has spent months training for the triathlon. He says: "Kate's been
very supportive, getting up early for long cycle rides in the morning and at weekends."
As well as raising
funds for Missing People, he hopes to shed more light on the charity.
He says: "Missing People offer a lifeline
to families who have missing children, or vulnerable adults. We know more than anybody how important support is to get you
through when a loved family member goes missing.
"The charity is there to provide that support in the form
of someone to talk to, a helpline, offering a counselling service.
"For a lot of people it might be the only
search they have for their loved one — the charity producing posters, keeping awareness going.
|Still missing ... Maddie disappeared six years ago, aged three
"We recognise that, although no one would ever want to be in
our shoes in some respects, we've been fortunate for the support we've had. And obviously we had counselling very
early on which was really, really important in helping us cope.
"But for most people whose kids go missing,
that level of support isn't there.
"Lots of kids go missing and are missing for short periods, but there
are literally hundreds who go missing for substantial periods of time.
"A lot of them are extremely vulnerable
and are prone to abuse when they are missing. And for the families left behind it can be devastating, absolutely devastating.
"The not knowing — something we have had to cope with — in itself is something that eats away at
Kate, 45, who is an ambassador for Missing People, raised £22,000 for the charity by running the
London Marathon earlier this year. Her amazing achievement prompted Gerry to take part in the triathlon.
"She inspired me to do a challenge — a real challenge.
"The swimming is the most daunting. I've
never done open water swimming — you can't just grab the side of the pool when you are tired. The bike generally
is OK — the biggest problem for me is getting out of the wetsuit!
"It's so tight. I said to Kate
there's a danger I might actually have to cycle in it."
|Inspiring ... Kate McCann has run several events for charity
The McCanns have been boosted by the Metropolitan Police Review
into Madeleine's abduction. Scotland Yard launched a new investigation and have 38 potential suspects.
says of the Met review: "It has taken a huge amount of pressure off us. And the fact that they are actively investigating
is a huge step forward.
"They have been incredibly thorough. You have got all that expertise and resources
directed into finding Madeleine and finding who's responsible. We always knew there were lots of leads that needed following
"As long as they are making progress, that is the most important thing. Madeleine is a missing British
subject and incredibly vulnerable. We are hoping she is still out there."
Since Madeleine's abduction
Kate and Gerry have also worked closely with CEOP — the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
To sponsor Gerry please go to http://www.justgiving.com/gerry-McCann1
Gerry praises CEOP's recent report on child abduction and welcomes David Cameron call for internet giants to rid
the web of child abuse images.
The Prime Minister was speaking after meeting the parents of April Jones and Tia
Sharpe — both murdered by men who had searched the internet for extreme porn and child abuse.
The Sun has
been running the Fight For April campaign to make internet giants clean up their act.
Gerry says: "We do need
to be pro-active. The initiative online that the Prime Minister announced the other day is fine, but it's a small step.
I'm not an expert, but clearly there is an association between people who access child porn and go on to abuse children,
and that needs to be taken seriously.
"We are moving in the right direction but there is a long way to go."
Talking about Sunday, he says he is relishing the triathlon challenge.
He says: "I'm hoping it's
not going to be this hot, I'm worried about collapsing. But I'm feeling confident and having Kate and the twins there
cheering me on will help enormously."
Gerry shows he needs us, 28 July 2013
Gerry shows he needs us Sunday
Mirror (paper edition)
By Carole Malone
Sunday 28 July 2013
Gerry McCann says he and his wife Kate try to keep the lives of their twins, eight-year-old
Amelie and Sean, "as normal as possible". Which seems at odds with his decision last week to do a big "exclusive"
interview with a tabloid newspaper.
Even more odd that Gerry, a leading light in the Hacked-Off campaign, should
choose to talk to papers in this particular branch of the media considering his claims that his family have been hounded and
vilified by them
Even so he and his wife Kate never seem to miss an opportunity to court publicity when they need
to raise money. This time it's because Gerry is taking part in the Virgin Active London Triathlon which is raising money
for the Missing People charity. Did the newspaper involved make a donation to the charity? If so, is Gerry McCann right to
take money from newspapers he claims have caused his family distress?
Is it not hypocrisy to ask people, through
those newspapers, to sponsor him and give money?
And while I understand why he wants to raise cash for Missing
People it would be nice if at some point Gerry McCann acknowledged the media's positive role in keeping the hunt for Madeleine
in the news. Yes certain newspapers acted shamefully but the McCanns were compensated to the tune of £550,000 for that.
But the majority are - and always have been - on their side. And without the support of the media, without the constant
stream of stories about the hunt for Madeleine the much needed funds to help find her would have dried up years ago.
Madeleine's father in charity race, 28
Press Association - Gerry McCann
prepares to take part in a 1500 metre swim for the Virgin Active London Triathlon
Gerry McCann, the father
of the missing schoolgirl Madeleine McCann, has completed a gruelling race to raise money for charity.
whose daughter was almost four when she disappeared in Portugal in May 2007, described the Virgin Active London Triathlon
as "incredibly hard", but said he drew strength from supporting Missing People.
Madeleine went missing
from her family's holiday flat in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, as her parents dined out with friends at a nearby
Mr McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, finished the course of swimming, cycling and running in under
He said: "It was incredibly hard, especially the bike. But taking part in the triathlon
was an amazing and emotional experience.
"What kept me going is the thought of being able to help the charity
Missing People support other families living with the very different pain of having a missing loved one.
huge huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me. Every step I took, every push on the pedal and every stroke I swam I did
to help families of missing people."
Mr McCann wore a white swimming cap and a wetsuit for the 1,500m swim
in London's Royal Victoria Dock, before cycling and running in a black and green costume.
father in charity race Belfast Telegraph
Gerry McCann (wearing white cap) waits with other
swimmers to start the 1500 metre swim for the Virgin Active London Triathlon
[Press Association report, same as above]
Gerry McCann completes charity triathlon,
28 July 2013
Gerry McCann completes charity triathlon ITV Central
3:27PM, SUN 28 JUL 2013
Last updated Sun 28 Jul 2013
father of missing girl Madeleine McCann has finished the Virgin Active London Olympic Distance Triathlon.
McCann, from Rothley in Leicestershire, completed the charity race, which includes a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run in
under two and a half hours.
He was raising money for a charity that helps the family and friends of missing people.
"It was incredibly hard, especially the bike. But taking part in the triathlon was an amazing and
What kept me going is the thought of being able to help the charity, 'Missing People',
support other families living with the very different pain of having a missing loved one.
A huge, huge thank-you
to everyone who sponsored me. Every step I took, every push on the pedal and every stroke I swam I did to help families of
- GERRY MCCANN
Madeleine's dad in race to aid families
missing loved ones, 29 July 2013
Madeleine's dad in race to aid families missing loved
ones Daily Express
MADELEINE McCann's father Gerry completed a gruelling race yesterday in aid of a charity that helps
families of missing people.
By: Giles Sheldrick
Published: Mon, July 29, 2013
The doctor, whose daughter was three when she disappeared in Portugal
in May 2007, completed the Virgin Active London Triathlon.
Gerry, 45, of Rothley, Leicestershire, finished the
Olympics-standard swim, cycle ride and run in an impressive time of under two-and-a-half hours.
"It was incredibly
hard," he said. "Huge thanks to everyone who sponsored me. Every step, push and stroke I did was to help the families
of missing people."
Ordeal of Maddie's dad Gerry, 29
Ordeal of Maddie's dad Gerry Daily
Star (paper edition)
Gerry McCann target of troll abuse Daily Star
VILE internet trolls hit out at Madeleine McCann’s dad for competing in a race to raise funds for missing people
By Jerry Lawton / Published 29th July
They posted evil messages on his Just Giving webpage, which
the public used to pledge cash for Gerry's efforts in the London Triathlon yesterday.
The heart specialist,
whose daughter vanished from the family's Portuguese holiday apartment in 2007, raised nearly £8,000 for charity
But before Gerry, 45, set out on the 40km cycle, 10km run and 1.5km swim, two trolls posted defamatory
comments about him – even though it cost them £2 in donations to leave the messages.
Gerry, who spent
weeks training for the event, said after the triathlon: "It was incredibly hard, especially the bike.
kept me going was the thought of being able to help the charity Missing People support other families living with the very
different pain of having a missing loved one.
"A huge, huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me."
The trolls struck three months after another threatened to gun down Gerry's wife Kate, 45, as she ran the London
Marathon in aid of the same charity.
The former GP ignored the threats and raised £21,000 with her run.
Yet more abuse surfaced on Facebook earlier this month after the Met police announced they were opening their own
investigation into Maddie’s case.
The probe, led by Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, has identified 38 potential
The family's spokesman Clarence Mitchell described the trolls' comments on JustGiving as "rude".
He added: "These people are abusing a charity page.
"The posts are not worthy of any further
Madeleine McCann's dad completes triathlon
to raise money for charity that supports families of missing people, 29 July 2013
Madeleine McCann's dad completes triathlon to raise money
for charity that supports families of missing people Daily Record
29 Jul 2013 09:14
McCann hopes to raise thousands of pounds by taking part in the Virgin Active London Triathlon.
MADELEINE McCann's father has completed a gruelling triathlon
to raise thousands of pounds for a charity who support the families of missing people.
Gerry McCann finished yesterday's
race, which consisted of a 1500m swim, followed by a 40km cycle and a 10km run, in less than two-and-a-half hours.
After completing the Virgin Active London Triathlon, he said he drew strength from supporting the charity's work when
the going got tough.
Gerry, who is originally from Glasgow, said: "It was incredibly hard, especially the
bike. But taking part in the triathlon was an amazing and emotional experience.
"What kept me going was the thought of being able to help the
charity Missing People support other families living with the very different pain of having a missing loved one.
"A huge, huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me.
"Every step I took, every push on the pedal and
every stroke I swam, I did to help families of missing people."
Last night, donations on Gerry's JustGiving
webpage had reached nearly £8000.
The doctor, who lives in Rothley, Leicestershire, said he was inspired
to do the triathlon after wife Kate raised £22,000 for Missing People by taking part in the London Marathon in April.
Maddie disappeared in May 2007, just days before her fourth birthday, while the family where on holiday in Portugal.