All set for second triathlon festival

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All set for second triathlon festival

Arran Junior Triathlon Club have been working hard over the last few weeks, training, competing and preparing for their second Island-2-Island event which will take place at the Lamlash Outdoor Centre today (Saturday) from 10am until approximately 6pm.

The Island-2-Island Triathlon is an adult and junior event which will see 250 entrants compete throughout the day on a scenic swim, bike and run.  It’s a fantastic opportunity for the club to be able to show visitors what a stunning island we belong to.  All spectators and supporters are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

The event starts with competitors taking a power boat to Holy Isle for the swim start, hence the Island 2 Island name, and at the end of the days events there will be evening entertainment on site with local musicians and dance groups.

The day will begin at 10.30am with three adult events comprising of a sprint, Olympic and middle distance.  In the late afternoon the children will then compete in a Junior Aquathlon with a swim from the Outdoor Centre, completed with a run along Clauchlands Road. During this time there will be a short road closure from 4.30pm to 6pm, this will allow the children to run safely on a closed road.

The event is the biggest fundraising day held by the club to enable them to continue to offer free fun coached triathlon sessions throughout the year.  Home baking will be available and a raffle with many wonderful prizes donated by Island businesses.  We hope that you will come along and support Arran Junior Triathlon Club.

Over the past month the children have competed at a few competitions, the first being Part 1 of the Borders Triathlon series, Bishopbriggs Triathlon and then the Prestwick Aquathlon.  The children were able to show their skills competing in competitions with very different weather conditions.  Whilst the Boarders Triathlon required good bike handling skills on the damp and boggy course, a sunny day out with fantastic racing was held by our older triathlete’s for the Bishopbriggs Triathlon.

Prestwick Aquathlon proved to be another sunny competition which saw over 20 of our club members head off by coach for a great days racing.  There was much cheering for our many competitors and there was success with two podium places.  The day was finished off with a frantic dash to the ferry when the coach broke down, with the children and parents thinking that it might have to be a swim.  CalMac saved the day by ensuring that with minutes to spare we were all safely on our way home, no additional swimming or running required.

Arran Junior Traithlon Club are looking to recruit new members to join them.  They offer five free and fun sessions throughout the week which are open to any child from 7 years upwards.  There is no commitment to attend all sessions or competitions.  Details of our training times can be found on the club’s Facebook page or by contacting head coach, Craig Wood at craig.wood10@yahoo.com.

Craig said: ‘We hope that the sun will continue to shine at the weekend so that we are able to raise funds to be able to provide bikes, wetsuits and training equipment for years to come.’

The group who took part in the Prestwick Aquathon NO_B22AJTC01

James McCarthy in 1st place on the podium. No_B22AJTC02

James and Beth McCarthy and name to  come with their finisher medals. No_B22AJTC03

Nara Wood on the Tristar podium. NO_B22AJTC04