Triathlon is becoming more and more popular within the UK. The London Triathlon - one of the world's most popular - is now had its 11th year. In 2001 the event had 1000 entrants, last year's London Triathlon saw an extraordinary 11,000 entries, and across the UK event organisers say the same thing: more and more people are signing up for a discipline that the observer might conclude is more akin to torture than fun.
After the local Summer Triathlon it has come to our attention that there may be a healthy appetite in the area for more of the same.
If anyone has tried to get on the Adult Improver swimming classes at Aqualibrium recently you will have found that the classes are fully booked and the pool has a healthy waiting list of persons determined to improve their stroke and ability, and the popular uptake has been linked to the Summer Triathlon event.
To help promote Triathlon in Campbeltown and South Kintyre, increase the use of the swimming pool, and grow a summer event, we would like to attempt the organisation of another Triathlon event in mid-March (16th or 17th), to consist of a pool swim(400m/800m or both), 20km bike and 5km run, using the same routes as before, up to Ballygreggan on the bike and down Kilkerran with the run.
We are learning to walk before we run, and the event would be entirely for fun, and primarily for local entrants. There will be no timing chips, or splits recorded, those details would be down to the participants. Whistle, Stopwatch, Pen, and Paper will be used extensively. This would all be reflected in the entry fee, and after any costs, the proceeds will be donated to charity.
Mid-Argyll run a very sucessful event in Lochgilphead and we think that we can do a similar thing in town.
It is with regret that Team Entry will not be permitted for this initial event in an attempt to limit the number of participants to those serious about all 3 disciplines.
If you do want to take part, please don't let this put you off. Training will be required in all 3 disciplines, but some books claim 5 hours a week will have you ready and Triathlon Coaching may become available through Aquilibrium if there is enough demand.
Nothing has yet been put in motion and nothing is set in stone, the purpose of this post is to find out the number of those interested in taking part and those that may wish to also help with the organisation.
If you are interested in taking part, know someone who may, want to become involved or have some suggestions to help make it a success then please contact us on the Forum or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org