Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Charity Triathalon Sprints Back

Cockerham TriathalonIt’s that time of year again: the Cockerham Triathlon in aid of CancerCare, is back!

The Triathlon, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, on Sunday, 30th August 2009 starting at 2.00pm, will see competitors complete a course of 350 m open water swim, 15km cross-country bike ride and a 5km run, all set in and around the picturesque village of Cockerham in aid of Cockerham Recreation Scheme and CancerCare.

The race takes in some of the areas most beautiful and historic scenery including Cocker Sands Abbey, Morecambe Bay and views out to the Bowland fells and finishes at the Parish Hall, where competitors can enjoy a much needed drink and a burger whilst waiting for the presentation ceremony.

The committee came up with the idea of the triathlon and the event was born in 2001 and since then the Cockerham recreation committee have raised over £50,000, which has gone back into the local community improving the village. One project has developed the local playground and tennis courts.

For the second year, the committee have teamed up with local charity CancerCare to maximise the opportunity of this event whilst supporting both the local community and CancerCare. CancerCare is a local charity which supports cancer patients, their carers and family members.

The event has grown and developed over the years but the committee would like to keep it as fun and friendly as ever, the day is keenly supported by the village community and what you will find is a fun day out for all the family, competitors and supporters alike.

Despite inclement weather last year the Triathlon attracted a record entry of 150 competitors, with participants travelling from as far afield as Wiltshire, Bristol, Northampton and Whitley Bay. Local athletes Steve Worthington, Kieran Rowlands and Mike Gradwell finished first, second and third in the men’s open event; while Hannah Marshall (Lancaster), Samantha Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Joanna Knapman (Bolton) were first, second and third in the women’s open race.

You still have time to enter and the race is open to individual competitors and relay teams of three persons. All abilities welcome, Mountain Bikes recommended. Helmets compulsory, Wetsuits optional, for more details or to register online go to www.cockerhamtri.org.uk

Due to the demand on places, the organisers would encourage everyone to pre register for this event by offering a discount of £7 for individuals and £10 for teams registering in advance. If you do need to register on the day you will still be able to do so, albeit at the full price.

• For more information please visit www.cancercare.org.uk, or email richard.cogger@cancercare.org.uk or call 01524 381820 and ask for the Fundraising team.

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