Plans have been unveiled for what is believed to be the first major triathlon event for Harborough, with possible participants being urged to start their training soon.
The Archway House Harborough Triathlon, on the afternoon of Sunday, September 7, will comprise two events – a Try and Tri event for those who want to find out what a triathlon might be a like, and a Sprint event for those who are more confident in their swimming, cycling and running abilities.
For both, there is a relay option where entrants can split the sport’s running, cycling and swimming disciplines.
It is hoped up to 300 people could take part.
The event is the idea of Amy Handford and Brian Corcoran, who are both keen triathletes from the district who have dreamed of bringing an event to the town. Amy said: “We are so excited to see the event coming together and hope that lots of people might use it as an opportunity to try out a triathlon for the first time.”
It will be based on the site of Harborough Leisure Centre in Northampton Road where the swim sessions will take place. The event’s main sponsor Archway House, will be running sports massage and stretching classes for participants.
Archway House owner Alex Welton said: “We are delighted to be supporting this event and hope lots of people will use it as a way of getting active and perhaps trying out a triathlon for the first time.”
The sport is growing in popularity in the UK, helped by the 2012 British Olympic champions Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, who won gold and bronze medals.
Membership of the British Triathlon group has grown by more than 50 per cent between 2007 and 2011.
A free question and answer pop-in event for people considering taking part is being held at Archway House in Lubenham Hill, from 6pm to 8pm on Sunday, July 20.
Full details of the event are at www.archwayhouse.co.uk.