Why not try a triathlon?

Gemma Ptak with Gary Wilson from Hartlepool Triathlon Club.

Gemma Ptak with Gary Wilson from Hartlepool Triathlon Club.

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ATHLETES of all abilities are being invited to take part in a town triathalon event.

The event, called Hartlepool’s Big Lime Triathlon, comprises a 750m open water swim, a 20km cycle ride and a 5km run.

The swim will take place in the waters of the marina, the cycle course will incorporate Seaton Carew sea front and the run will be around Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, Jackson’s Landing and the marina area.

There is a range of age categories for entrants, including male and female junior from 16 to 19 years, male and female senior from 20 to 39 years, male and female veteran from 40 to 49 years, and male and female super veteran age 50 plus.

Mixed teams of men and women, of two or three people, are also welcome to enter and do the event on a relay basis.

The event is being organised by Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and recreation service with backing from Limestone Landscapes, a Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project that aims to promote and preserve the unique character of the Durham magnesian limestone plateau of which Hartlepool is a part.

Gemma Ptak, the council’s senior sport and physical activity co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted to be staging the Big Lime Triathlon and we would love to see it become a regular event on the national triathlon calendar.

“It is important to stress that the event is open to people of all abilities, including first-time triathletes, and we don’t want people to be put off because they think they are too inexperienced.”

The council even intends to stage some “Try a Tri” sessions over the summer to support athletes’ training in the build-up to the event on Sunday, September 22.

Athletes can register to take part in the triathlon on-line at www.trihard.co.uk and entry costs £27 for members of British Triathlon or £30 for non-members.

Anyone wanting further information can contact Ms Ptak by telephoning (01429) 523441 or 284174 or emailing: gemma.ptak@hartlepool.gov.uk