Resort set to host its very own triathlon

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Skegness is set to host its first triathlon this year - providing the ultimate fitness challenge.

Hitting the seaside town on Sunday, May 10, the race will feature a 400 metre swim followed by a 19 kilometre bike ride and five kilometre run.

The race starts with the swim at Fresh Fitness, in Richmond Holiday Centre, before participants jump on their bikes and pedal along Drummond Road for a two-lap course between the holiday park and Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve.

The final leg is the run, which will take competitors out of the holiday park along a private road to the Skegness Eco Coastal Centre and through its wooded areas.

The triathlon has been organised by manager Mark Belton and assistant manager Miles Green at Fresh Fitness and forms part of the Lincolnshire Triathlon Series.

Miles said: “The idea came about as a triathlon club has recently started in Skegness and has been doing really well. The other nearest triathlon is in Woodhall Spa but we have all the facilities here to hold our own so we thought we would have a crack at it.

“Taking part in a triathlon is a great way to improve fitness levels. It’s exciting and social and a big achievement. We hope this will become an annual event. I’m also hoping to take part myself.”

The triathlon will be given a big push on February 24 when Fresh Fitness holds a celebratory evening to mark its 10th year anniversary and launches DNA Fit which is a new training programme tailor-made to your own genetic make-up.

Celebrity guests, former World Champion boxer Johnny Nelson and Team GB Athlete and face of DNA Fit Andrew Steele, will also be there on the evening.

To enter the triathlon go to www.sbrevents.co.uk/events/skegness-triathlon. Maximum entries are 300. Both individuals and teams of two-three are welcome.