Last call for Chichester triathlon and aquathon entries

TIME is running out for budding athletes to sign up to the Chichester Triathlon and Junior Aquathon as the closing date approaches.

Keen sportsmen and women have until this Sunday to secure their place in the Natures Way Foods-sponsored events.

Both events start at Westgate Leisure, Chichester – the aquathon on Saturday, July 14, and the triathlon on Sunday 15.

Cllr Eileen Lintill, cabinet member for leisure, wellbeing and community services at Chichester District Council, said: “With the Olympics just around the corner we hope people will be encouraged to give this sport a go.

“If you’re not quite ready to take on a whole triathlon, you can sign up as part of a team. Our staff at Westgate Leisure and also staff from Natures Way Foods are leading the way by entering teams for the event.

“Our team from Westgate Leisure is called ‘Westgate 151’ – summing up the total age of all members!

“Linda, Catherine and Sarah have been training hard and as an added incentive, are raising money for the Cherries Association, which provides respite care for children with learning disabilities associated with complex health care needs. Linda has even learned to swim with the help of Westgate staff members.”

Sarah Baldock, sales and marketing director at NWF, adds: “This year we have two great teams taking part in the triathlon so the race is well and truly on!

“The ‘Old Timers’ are made up of two people who were part of the winning team last year and a new member who has previously completed the whole event on their own!

“The NWF ‘1st Time Rounders’ is our other team – staff all new to the event. In addition, we have three individuals doing the Olympic distance - one who was part of our winning team last year and decided to give the whole event a go this year.”

The main triathlon on the Sunday includes a 600m pool swim at Westgate Leisure Chichester, a 42km (26 mile) cycle ride and a 10k (six-mile) run.

If you don’t feel like tackling those distances on your own, you can also enter as part of a team. One team member must complete the swim part of the race, one the cycle ride and the final member the run.

There will also be a Natures Way Foods Chichester Try a Tri event – a sprint triathlon suitable for competitors who prefer shorter distances: a 400m pool swim, 30k bike ride and a 5k run.

Saturday’s 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.

Prices for the Junior Aquathon have been reduced this year: it will cost just £10.50 for British Triathlon Federation (BTF) members and £13 for non-BTF Members.

The triathlon costs £35.50 for BTF members and £44 for non-members. Team entries cost £63. The Try a Tri costs £25.50 for BTF members and £34 for non-members.

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