Free town triathlon tips on offer

Competitors at last year's Harborough Triathlon
Competitors at last year's Harborough Triathlon

The build-up to the second annual Harborough Triathlon has begun, with potential entrants being offered advice at a free event this Sunday (July 5).

The first event, arranged by Harborough-area triathletes Amy Kingston and Brian Corcoran, was held last year.

In a bid to encourage more people to take part – and to give help to those who already are – Archway Health, in Lubenham Hill, is hosting a Triathlon Support Evening on Sunday from 7pm.

The triathlon takes place on Sunday, September 6.

Experienced triathletes will be on hand to give advice and training tips, with a personal trainer available offering suggestions for stretches and fitness programmes.

People will also have the chance to talk to a nutritionist, chiropractor and sports massage therapist for their advice on preparing for the event.

Alec Welton, owner of Archway Health, which is sponsoring the event, said: “The triathlon event was very popular last year and it was great to see so many people of all ages and fitness levels taking part.

“However, it is important to prepare properly for the event and for what comes afterwards.

“There are a lot of people who might want to enter but who are unsure of what is involved.

“The support event is the perfect opportunity for people to find out whether it’s for them, as well as getting a lot of useful free advice on training, fitness and nutrition.”

This year’s event will again include the shorter ‘Try and Tri’, which is designed for people who prefer a shorter distance or who haven’t taken part in a triathlon before, in addition to the full sprint triathlon and the relay option where entrants can split the different legs between three people.

There are also two new categories for this year: the Fit Couple event in which couples are invited to enter as a team, and the Fit Family event which would involve three family members, one of whom must be a parent.

Amy and Brian have also organised the recent Festival of Cycling and Carnival of Running in the town.

Brian said:” “We were delighted with the response to last year’s triathlon which was fully booked.”

Attendance at the evening is free but people are requested to reserve a place by phoning 01858 410820 or emailing info@archwayhouse.co.uk.