Ever wanted to take part in a Triathlon, but weren’t sure if you’d be able to complete all three disciplines yourself? The Aldeburgh Triathlon may well be your answer.
Running for it’s third year, the fun relay triathlon will be taking the streets of the (hopefully sunny) seaside town on Sunday, September 10. With around 110 teams already signed up to compete, the not-for-profit organisation planning the event has already had to close the event’s sign up! The Suffolk coast will have never seen so many people flogging to its shores to take a dip in its icy cold waters!
So how does it work?
The 110 teams are all made up of three team members. One member for each discipline – the swim, the cycle and the run.
The swim is a 750m tide assisted sea swim. Not for the faint hearted, the water element of this race is likely to be the toughest. After the swim comes the 20km cycle and then, last but not least, the 5km off road coastal path run.
One of the race organisers, Andrew Pipe said: “The idea behind the Aldeburgh Triathlon is to promote sport and active lifestyles within the area.
“It was originally 50 teams that work local, all associated with businesses, hotels, factories and estate agents in the area, but then last year, we widened the entry to include anyone else.
“We raise funds for the RNLI, which in a coastal town is very relevant and well supported, and this year it’s widened to include the East Anglia Air Ambulance too.”
When asked about the people who sign up, and if the event was attracting both men and women, Andrew said: “We have loads of females taking part. In fact we have elderly ladies, right through to young women; first timers and those trying to lose weight – all sorts. That’s the aim of the event really to get people active and it seems to be working.”