Hartlepool’s Big Lime Weekend returns with a splash

Hartlepool is set for a summer weekend full of sporting activities as the Big Lime Weekend returns with a splash.

Friday, 2nd July 2021, 4:45 am

The annual event, which will take place at the Marina, begins on Friday, August 13, with a 750m open water swim followed by an aquathlon run and swim contest on Saturday, August 14.

The weekend culminates with the Big Lime Triathlon on Sunday, August 15, which will see participants attempt a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

The event is open people of all abilities and both experienced triathletes and people who have not taken part in a triathlon challenge before are encouraged to enter.

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Competitors in the 2019 Big Lime weekend.
Competitors in the 2019 Big Lime weekend.

Ryan Houghton, senior sport and physical activity co-ordinator at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: "We’ve worked extremely hard to make sure that we can run the event safely and bring people back to participate in a really big event for the town, but also for people outside Hartlepool who always include it in their events’ calendar."

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The Big Lime Weekend has been running since 2013 although it had to be postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest event back in 2019 saw more than 200 people take part.

The latest event in 2019 attracted over 200 participants.

Mr Houghton said: "As soon as we went live we had quite a lot of people who previously took part in the event enter.

"We had quite a lot of people asking us when it’s happening.

"It’s definitely very popular among the community.”

Entry fees are £7 for the open water swim, £24 for the aquathlon and £40 for individuals in the Big Lime Triathlon.

Relay entries cost £54 per team and further details are available at https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/big-lime-weekend_11489.

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