This Year’s Tresco Triathlon Is Biggest Yet Say Organisers

Last year's winner Graham Clegg crossing the finish line

Last year’s winner Graham Clegg crossing the finish line

 
Organisers are getting ready for what they think will be the biggest Tresco Triathlon to date.

It’s the fourth year that the event has been run and Pete Marshall says they’ve got 70 athletes signed up for the starting line.

Pete says it’ll be the same course as last year, with the swim outside the Ru-Inn and the transition area by the community centre.

The swim is 0.3 mile, followed by a 12 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run.

Graham Clegg who won last year will be entering again, as will Mark Worledge, who’s been runner up for three years. He’ll be gunning for first this year, says Pete.

Most of the entrants are from islands, with  24 coming from St Mary’s, 14 from Tresco and a handful from Bryher, St Martin’s and St Agnes.

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Pete Marshall

Pete Marshall

Pete Marshall talks to Mark Twynham about this years triathlon

And this year, athletes are coming from as far a field as London and Ireland.

Pete says it’s fantastic to see the triathlon snowball in popularity in the way it has and Tresco is such a superb setting for the event.

He says it hasn’t been too difficult to accommodate the extra competitors, as the swimming will tend to stretch the pack and they’ll just have some extra bike racks in place.

The biggest change this year is the nominated charity, which has switched from Cystic Fibrosis to Cancer Research UK.

Money’s raised by the £15 entry fee and also Pete says they’re trying to get people to raise at least £75 each for the good cause.

The triathlon is taking place on 30th June and there’ll be a barbecue and live music afterwards. It also coincides with the Tresco Cider Festival.