Green Park boss dives into triathlon challengeBy David Millward
February 25, 2013
Chris Carter Keall is a high flyer in the company which owns Green Park, but come March 5 he will be sweating it out with the rest of the competitors taking part in the triathlon.
The annual event, sponsored by the Reading Post/getreading, is well known for bringing people of all ages, occupations and backgrounds together with the shared aim of raising money for Red Nose Day.
Mr Carter Keall said this year’s event is really picking up with more than 200 people already signed up to take part.
The vice-president of Oxford Properties Group is taking on the challenge for the first time since his company took over the South Reading business park in November 2011.
Mr Carter Keall said: “I’m a bit nervous about doing it because I’ve never done a triathlon before. I’ve been doing a little bit of training but need to do a bit more.”
But the 45-year-old is no stranger to physical activity.
He has played hockey at Wallingford for a number of years and ran the Reading Half Marathon last year.
He will be running again on March 17 and plans to take part in the Property Triathlon in Dorney in May.
Mr Carter Keall said the triathlon fits in with Oxford Properties’ ethos.
He said: “What we’ve been doing since we got here is trying to bring forward a sense of community and this is exactly the sort of thing that engenders that.
“I’ve never done a triathlon before but I feel you have got to walk the walk and talk the talk.
“I genuinely believe the environment in Reading and Green Park in particular lends itself to doing these sorts of things.”
He continued: “We’ve done quite a bit of research into what people want from their business environment.
“We’ve had Henley Business School finding out what different generations want from their work life and health and fitness is something people definitely want.”
Mr Carter Keall said staging events such as the triathlon also helps his company attract new businesses to the park.
He said: “I think the momentum of Green Park is changing and I think this year we have seen all sorts of community-related projects kicking off.
“We have 20 new beekeepers, a running club and an open water swimming club in Reading Lake so there are all sorts of things happening as we bring more people and more amenities in.”
Mr Carter Keall will be taking part along with three colleagues from Oxford Properties but not as a team so they will each do the 400m swim, 17km cycle and 6km run.
He said: “I’m not a very good swimmer but they tell me it’s where you can do the worst and still be okay.
“I’ve been delighted with the sort of sponsorship I’ve got so far. I just want to make sure I get round.”
Visit www.greenparktriathlon.co.uk to find out more about the event.