Skegness set for inaugural Triathlon event

The bespoke Skegness Trithlon medal for finishers of the inaugural race organised by SBR events.
The bespoke Skegness Trithlon medal for finishers of the inaugural race organised by SBR events.

Skegness will have its first Triathlon event on Sunday, May 10 - based from Richmond Holiday Park in Skegness.

Triathlon is the fastest growing sport in the UK and is a great sport for anyone wishing to improve cardiovascular fitness, loose weight, or have a go at something new for fun or to start your journey as an age group triathlete competing across the globe.

The Sport starts with Indoor Sprint events based around 16 lengths in the pool (400m) and various distances for the bike and run, with the event at Skegness having a 19km Bike and 5km run.

This Sprint events is a great way to enter the sport, it offers the fun and variety of training for 3 different disciplines while the distances don’t require huge volumes of training time.

As you can also enter as part of a team, you can partner with friends who are stronger in each area of the event.

Everyone has a weak area and its good fun to get others involved in the swim, bike or run.

Those who progress can move into Standard distance, half Ironman and Full Ironman events, or focus on improving times in sprint events.

Triathlon is a very new sport in terms of its history and although well known through the Olympic icons the Brownlee Brothers its big popularity is the grass root local events where all shapes, sizes and ages cheer each other on to get through the event.

Rich Vincent, Head Coach of Skegness Triathlon Club, commented ‘Skegness Triathlon Club was formed in January 2013 with a handful of people that wanted to give a Triathlon ‘a go’.

The club is now affiliated with Tri England and England Athletics with their membership continually growing. They are a fresh club that welcome new members of all levels from novice to experienced triathletes. Dedicated coaches, run and bike leaders are on hand to give advice and help members with fitness and technique.

They are based at Fresh Fitness, Richmond Holiday Park, Richmond Drive, Skegness.

Swim sessions are on a Monday 7-8pm and Run/Brick sessions on a Wednesday evening at 6.30pm, with regular bike rides organised at weekends.

For more information please contact Peter on 07969 758492 or Rich on 07795 276203.

You don’t have to race to participate in this event.

Volunteers don’t only create a safe environment for the athletes to compete in but they also have a lot of fun doing it.

Not to mention the sense of accomplishment that comes with being part of something which is really appreciated by the athletes.

If you can assist by helping out from 7am-1pm on the day, call Amanda at SBR Events on 07850 572838.

Spectators can come down and cheer the athletes on.

organisers ask that cars park at William Way and walk into Richmond Holiday Park.

The event take place on Sunday, May 10 from 8am-1pm and you can join in as part of a team or as an individual take part in the first triathlon in Skegness.

To view the route and book online look at www.sbrevents.co.uk/events.

marshals are being sought to participate in the Skegness Triathlon to ensure its success and to make it an annual event. There are a variety of places to help out.

Event co-ordinators need marshals to assist with parking, traffic management on the cycling route and run route, to cheer the athletes on and ensure their safety.

Start time & de-brief is 7am-7.15am, with a view to getting everyone into registration as the event opens at 7.15am and out on course by 7.45am.

You will be sent exact start times and locations prior to the event.

A ‘goody bag’ with some snacks, water and a discount voucher to a future SBR event will be given out and organisers have also arranged a free breakfast and discounted hot drinks on the day.

Bookings close for this event midnight Tuesday, May 5.

For those wishing to stay at the Richmond Holiday Park, SBR events have agreed that any competitior(s) and family can get 30 percent off the cost of your accommodation (please note camping isn’t allowed at the park).

To book call Richmond Holiday Park direct on 01754 762097.

This is an ideal opportunity if you are competing in the event and wish to make a weekend with family or friends in Skegness.

Skegness Triathlon will have the following: Chip timing, secure transition, regular water stations on the run, route fully marshalled and signposted, bespoke race finishers medal, prizes for fastest man and woman, prizes for fastest man and woman in Lincolnshire Series, race photographer, sports Therapist for post race massage, full medical provision and the race distance is ideal for novice through to elite athletes.

A team consists of two or three members.

If your team has two members, the first member will conduct the swim and the run and the second member will conduct the bike ride.

If your team has three members, one member conducts ‘either’ the swim, the bike or the run.

The team can consist of British Triathlon Federation members and non-members.

Any non-members must pay their £5 day licence fee at registration on the day of the event.

You will only be able to ENTER the Lincolnshire Triathlon Series up to the date when Skegness Triathlon online entries close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 5th May.

The Lincolnshire Triathlon Series comprises of two races in 2015, Skegness Triathlon on Sunday, May 10 and Louth Triathlon on Sunday, September 6.

The event team will add to this race series in 2016 with one or two more races as they are finalising details of a points system against which the competition will be set, with prizes for the winners.

The Skegness Trithlon medal is for all finishers, however male and female winners will receive an additional trophy, plus a prize of a Triathlon box, worth £109 courtesy of www.triathlonbox.co.uk