Tresco Preparing For Fifth Triathlon This Sunday

tresco triathlonThe route for the 5th Tresco Triathlon on Sunday is being marked out today.

There are 84 people entering the charity challenge this year, up from 68 in 2013.

Competitors will swim a third-of-a-mile swim, cycle 12 miles and run for a further 3 miles around the island.

Organiser Pete Marshall says there has been more interest from the mainland this year, with 31 visiting entrants, which he puts down to word of mouth about previous events.

And people seem to take it a bit more seriously every year.

Pete says he’s seen plenty of people training hard on Tresco and even heard of new bikes being purchased especially for the event.

The event seems to bring out a competitive streak amongst many islanders, he says.

Last year Graham Clegg won in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 4 seconds with Mark Worledge finishing in second.

Pete says three-times champion Graham has been putting extra work into his swimming in an effort to maintain his title.

But Mark, who has been runner up for four years, is also looking strong and has a good chance of finally winning says Pete.

The youngest triathlete is 18 and the oldest entrant is 70 years of age and there’s an almost equal male and female split.

The Triathlon starts earlier this year at 10.30am, because of the tidal challenges posed by the swim.

Pete says organisers considered running it later in the day, at around 4.30pm, but that would have meant rushing the presentations and the entertainment afterwards.

That could have spoilt the ‘whole-day’ experience for competitors, visitors and the community, he says.

This year’s rules and regulations are essentially the same as before, but Pete says they’re tightening up on how bikes are racked, with time penalties for any misdemeanours. That’s for safety and courtesy to fellow competitors.

Anyone who’d like to volunteer to help on Sunday will be rewarded with a t-shirt. Pete says they need helpers to point entrants in the right direction and hand out water.

There’ll be a boat for entrants from St Mary’s to Old Grimsby at 8.30am and a spectators’ boat follows at 9.45am.

After the event, Skaramanga will play at the New Inn.

Pete hopes that the event will break last year’s record, raising at least £5,000 for Cancer Research UK.