MORE than 600 people will take part in the Natures Way Foods Chichester Triathlon series this weekend.
Record numbers of competitors will take part – including an increase the number of junior aquathon competitors and team entrants.
The events will be held at Westgate Leisure Chichester, with the junior aquathon taking place on Saturday at 1pm and the Chichester Triathlon and Try-a-Tri races taking place on Sunday at 7am (triathlon) and 10am (try a tri).
Last year’s winner of the Chichester triathlon, Mary Campbell, will be returning again to try to retain her title. She has just returned from Liverpool where she competed in the national championships, along with eight of her Chichester team-mates. She won bronze in the 35-39 age group which means she also qualifies for the world triathlon grand final in London.
Eileen Lintill, cabinet member of leisure, wellbeing and community services at Chichester District Council, said: “Fingers crossed, this beautiful weather is due to stay with us over the weekend. Please come down and support our local triathletes, as they battle it out for the top spot. It should be a great weekend.
“We’re also advising people to make sure they have plenty of sun cream and water to hand because we are expecting the weather to be hot. We’ve already been advising our competitors they need to be drinking water continuously throughout the race.”
The main triathlon event includes a 600m pool swim at Westgate Leisure, a 42km (26-mile) cycle ride and a 10km (six-mile) run.
The try a tri event is a sprint triathlon for competitors who prefer a shorter-distance triathlon, involving a 400m pool swim, 30k bike ride and a 5k run.
The junior aquathon is for competitors between eight and 16. It will include a swimming race at Westgate Leisure followed by a race around Chichester College’s campus. The distance set for junior competitors will be dependent upon their age.
To find out more, please contact Ben Polhill, the council’s sport and physical activity development officer, on 01243 534857 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - or see www.chichester.gov.uk/triathlon or www.westgateleisure.co.uk
See next week’s Observer for full coverage.