Are you up for Hartlepool triathlon test?

BIG DRAW: Athletes pound the streets during the run section of last year's Big Lime Triathlon.

BIG DRAW: Athletes pound the streets during the run section of last year's Big Lime Triathlon.

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ATHLETES of all abilities can challenge themselves for one of Hartlepool’s biggest sporting events.

Entries are open now for Hartlepool’s third Big Lime Triathlon in September.

The sport of triathlon is open to anyone. It is a very welcoming sport, from elite level to novice, and you just need to have the determination to give it a go.

Kay Stokes, triathlon activator

The sprint event comprises of a 750 metre open water swim, followed by a 20km bike ride and finish off with a 5km run.

It is being organised by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Team with support from British Triathlon and is open anyone over 16.

Triathlon is also one of the sports being promoted as part of Feel Good in Hartlepool, a three-year National Lottery-funded project that aims to get more people active.

Kay Stokes, triathlon activator with the council said: “The Big Lime Triathlon has now become an established fixture on the national triathlon calendar and we are delighted to be staging it for a third time.

“The sport of triathlon is open to anyone. It is a very welcoming sport, from elite level to novice, and you just need to have the determination to give it a go.

“Let’s make 2015 the year that you take up the challenge by entering the Hartlepool Big Lime Triathlon.”

Organisers will stage short mini events suitable for all abilities to help people prepare for the Big Lime Triathlon. A Try a Triathlon Day is also planned in August. Full details will be released later once finalised.

People can enter in one of five categories of male and female junior (aged 16-19), male and female senior (aged 20-39), veterans (aged 40-49), super veterans (aged 50 plus) and team. Register and get more details by visiting www.hartlepool.gov.uk/biglimetriathlon