Monday, 18 March 2013

Award-winning inclusive Triathlon comes to Lancaster

Andrew Richardson from COLT Triathlon Club.
Sportsunday event photography

Lancaster’s first large triathlon event is coming to Salt Ayre Sports Centre on Sunday 7 July 2013 and local people are being offered the chance to grab their place on the start line with free training sessions on Sunday 14 April.

Tri Together, run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, is an accessible, short distance triathlon for people of all ages and abilities to swim, bike and run together. This exciting new event has been designed so everyone, from beginners to seasoned triathletes, can take part on their own or share the challenge together in a relay team. A junior race has also been introduced for children aged 8-16 so the whole family can get involved.

Tri Together is also fully inclusive so disabled people are being encouraged to sign up. Lancaster City Council, one of the event partners, will provide adaptive cycles such as tandems or hand cycles and sports wheelchairs for participants to use on the day.

Distances:
The Adult distances are: 300m indoor pool swim, 12km cycle and 2.9km run.
The junior distances for those aged 13-16 are: 250m indoor pool swim, 6.9km cycle and 1.9km run.
The junior distances for those aged 8-12 vary - please see the website for more details: http://www.lcdisability.org/?lid=27212

Andrew Richardson (pictured)  lives in Lancaster City centre. He is a member of COLT Triathlon Club (http://www.cityoflancastertriathlon.co.uk/) which was established to bring together beginners through to experts old and young who want to participate in the sport. The 50 year-old is coordinating a team from COLT  in Tri Together.

He said: “We are delighted that Tri Together is coming to Lancaster.  It doesn’t matter if you haven’t taken part in a triathlon before, why not set yourself a challenge and sign up for Tri Together? It’s a really good opportunity for friends and family to get active and try something different.”

Free Training Session in April
To help beginners feel equipped and prepared for the event, the award-winning Leonard Cheshire Disability team are hosting free a training session at Salt Ayre Sports Centre on Sunday April 14 from 9.30-12.30.

Experts from local triathlon clubs COLT and Manchester Tri Club will be on-hand to share advice and answer questions.

Andrew continues: “We encourage disabled and non-disabled people across our region and beyond to come along to the taster session and find out more about how they can participate in our triathlon community.”

There are a limited number of places available at each taster session so to register email tritogether@lcdisability.org or visit www.lcdisability.org/triathlontraining. The taster is free but there is a deposit of £5. Payments will only be taken if you register and do not attend.

To sign up for Tri Together on 7 July, or to find out more about race categories and distances please visit www.lcdisability.org/tritogether or text TRI to 80878*.
Race entry is from £22 for adults and £10 for children. Minimum sponsorship applies for adults only.

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