WHY NOT GIVE THE TRIATHLON A TRY?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

A HOSPICE has launched its an­nual spon­sored triathlon chal­lenge for all ex­ist­ing and bud­ding ath­letes and as an ex­tra test for those who like to run and cy­cle, this year there is a new duathlon op­tion.

The RAF Hal­ton Triathlon and Duathlon will take place on Sun­day, May 1 at RAF Hal­ton near Wen­dover and is or­gan­ised jointly by RAF Hal­ton and Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care.

This year par­tic­i­pants will be able to choose from three op­tions, with each promis­ing to be a phys­i­cal test of en­durance, strength and stamina.

The new duathlon op­tion will start with a 5km run fol­lowed by a 23km cy­cle and fin­ish with an­other 5km run.

The pop­u­lar Mini Olympic dis­tance, in­tro­duced for the first time last year, will con­sist of a 600m pool swim, a 34.5km cy­cle route, fol­lowed by a 5km run to the fin­ish line and a well-earned rest.

If that sounds too chal­leng­ing, the fi­nal op­tion is the orig­i­nal Su­per Sprint triathlon, which in­volves a 300m swim, a 23km cy­cle and a 5km run.

This pop­u­lar event has sold-out for two years run­ning and with over half the places al­ready filled for the gru­elling Mini Olympic op­tion within days of open­ing reg­is­tra­tion, those wish­ing to take part are ad­vised to book early as places are strictly lim­ited.

Di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing at Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care Gil­lian Bar­nett said: “Al­though this is a test for our triath­letes, it is very achiev­able and we have plenty of peo­ple who are tak­ing on the chal­lenge of a triathlon or duathlon for the first time.

“I’m sure the ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion pro­vided by know­ing that the spon­sor­ship money they raise will help lo­cal fam­i­lies fac­ing the very dif­fer­ent chal­lenges of can­cer or other life-lim­it­ing ill­ness will help ev­ery­one push on and reach the fin­ish line. It will be a chal­leng­ing but en­joy­able day for all.”

Prices for each op­tion vary with in­di­vid­ual en­try cost­ing £45 for the Mini Olympic, £40 for the Su­per Sprint and £40 for the Duathlon.

For those tak­ing part as a team, en­try for three peo­ple for the Mini Olympic is £120 and for the Su­per Sprint is £105.

There is no team op­tion for the Duathlon.

En­try fees cov­ers the cost of putting on the event and in­clude a be­spoke medal at the fin­ish line, use of an event-branded selfie frame for on the day pho­tos, wa­ter at tran­si­tion points, full route sig­nage and mar­shalling.

Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able on the day and post-event mas­sages will be on of­fer in re­turn for do­na­tions to Ren­nie Grove.

All money raised from the RAF Hal­ton Triathlon and Duathlon will help fund the ser­vices of­fered by Ren­nie Grove to help give lo­cal pa­tients di­ag­nosed with life-lim­it­ing ill­ness the choice to be cared for at home sur­rounded by their fam­i­lies.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter visit www.ren­niegrove.org/ rafhal­ton­tri.

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