Training for the Ironman: Go for a mini-Ironman if you fancy joining the club

Coaches, Alan Mears, Simon Clayton, Barry Cleminson, Jo McWilliams, Ian Murphy, Irene Elwell, Vanessa Townshend and Helen Barklam at the Triathlon Training at UCLan Sports Arena
Coaches, Alan Mears, Simon Clayton, Barry Cleminson, Jo McWilliams, Ian Murphy, Irene Elwell, Vanessa Townshend and Helen Barklam at the Triathlon Training at UCLan Sports Arena
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So, has my stupid attempt at becoming an Ironman inspired any of you? (I hope that isn’t a pin I can hear dropping.)

Well, if anyone out there is crazy enough to give it a go, now is your chance.

Despite triathlon becoming the country’s fastest growing participation sport, there is still the image that it is practised by super human athletes.

So the guys at TriPreston, Preston’s burgeoning triathlon club, have put their heads together and come up with a programme of local events 
designed to ease newcomers into the sport.

Four short duathlons have been set up by the club in conjunction with Triathlon England aimed at getting new people into the world of triathlon.

The events are short and friendly with the emphasis on taking part – not breaking any land speed records.

The ‘Go Tri’ events will see participants take part in a one mile run followed by a four mike bike ride and finished off with another one mile run.

Dave Rigby, TriPreston club chairman, said: “As president of Triathlon England (TE) I thought it was about time our club got a little bit more involved with the national governing body for our sport and what better way than join the latest initiative from TE to encourage new people in to our sport with putting four Go Tri duathlon events on.

“These are events are aimed at people not ready to take the massive step of the longer distances events.

“Hopefully our entrants will see what a great club we have and decide to become more involved and join our club and become main stream triathletes.”

The first of the events is taking place on Saturday, April 12 on the cycle track at UCLan Sport Arena, off Tom Benson Way, in Preston.

Registration is at 9am and race start is 9.30 – with everyone in the cafe by 11am celebrating with a hot chocolate.

Following events will take place on May 10, June 8 and July 12.

Online entre is from entrycentral.com and costs £10 per race.

However, if all four races are entered participants will receive £10 discount at the point of payment.

Formed in 1997 by just a couple of die hards, Tri Preston is the city’s only bespoke club for triathletes and has grown to more than 100 members today.