Chichester is gearing up to get active as part of a popular summer sports event.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Natures Way Foods Chichester Triathlon Series, which will take place over the weekend of July 8th – 9th.
Everyone Active will once again be hosting the event following on from its record-breaking year in 2016, where more than 800 competitors took part, ranging from ages eight through to 85.
The Chi Tri celebrated its 10 year milestone last year. To mark the occasion, a junior triathlon was added to the programme, which will be returning this year to form part of the prestigious Triathlon England South East Junior Race series.
The event will kick off at Westgate Leisure Centre on Saturday morning (8th July). Youngsters will take to the pool and compete in an aquathlon before the junior triathlon begins in the afternoon. Adults will get their turn on Sunday, when the Olympic Triathlon takes place alongside a shorter Sprint Triathlon.
This year, the Natures Way Foods Chichester Sprint Triathlon race will form part of the Everyone Active’s South East Triathlon Championship, alongside sprint distance races at its leisure centres in Fareham and Hart. The series will be open to competitors aged eight upwards, and aims to encourage participants of all ages and abilities to get active.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each age category, and any competitors wanting to enter all three races will be able to do so at a discounted rate. They will also be entered into a raffle where a brand new road bike is up for grabs.
The two-day series has been specifically tailored to ensure everyone has the chance to be involved. Everyone Active is offering participants tips on completing a triathlon in the run up to the event, including diet and training programmes.
First-time competitors can also get support from the Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club as well as Mike Cooper, gym manager at Westgate, and Jason Davies, general manager at Bourne Leisure Centre, who have both competed in triathlons at international level. As part of Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, Everyone Active has also received funding to work with students from the University of Chichester and Midhurst college in the run up to the event.
Stuart Mills, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this fantastic event as it enters its 11th year. Last year’s adult and junior Triathlon races were a great success and we’re ready to make this one the best Chi Tri yet.
“Everyone Active’s South East Triathlon Championship will give customers the opportunity to experience what’s on offer at our centres across the south east. The events really are suitable for all ages and levels of experience, from the beginner to the more experienced triathlete. Although they can be challenging, triathlons are also a lot of fun – which is really what this weekend is all about.”
Sarah Baldock, the Director responsible for Natures Way Foods’ community programme, added: “The great thing about the Chichester Triathlon Series is that there’s something for everyone. It’s a great opportunity for first-timers to take part as a team of work colleagues, family or friends.”
The adult events are open to everyone aged 16 and above, and children aged 8 – 16 years old can participate in the junior category.
For more information on competing in this year’s triathlons, or to find out how you can be involved by volunteering at the events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.everyoneactive.com/chichester-triathlon.