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Come and Tri! event on Sunday
Arran Junior Triathlon Club (AJTC) – a club big on team spirit, strength and success – is inviting young people interested in the sport to give triathlon activities a go at its Come and Tri! event on Sunday September 13.
AJTC is all about encouraging young people to be fit and healthy whilst having fun with their friends in a team environment.
The event is open to any youngster of any ability who turns eight, or older, this year. It will take place between 10am and 11am on the field behind the high school and will consist of fun, challenging cycling and running drills designed to give budding triathletes an introduction to the skills required for the sport.
The drills and games are a great way to encourage fitness and health in a fun and positive environment and will be provided by various coaches. The event is open to those interested in eventually competing at mainland events and those who just want to come along and train each week without the pressure of attending competitions.
Attendees at the Come and Tri! event are required to bring suitable trainers and clothes, a cycle helmet and a drinks bottle. Covid 19 measures will be observed at the event and a parent responsible for each attendee is required to remain at the session.
If attendees have their own bike, they should take it along, however, there are numerous club bikes of different sizes which can be borrowed at the event, during the season and at competitions if regular training is taken up with AJTC.
A full-length wetsuit can also be borrowed from the club if required, as can competitive tri-suits.
Although competitive events usually take place during the summer, triathletes will continue to train during the winter with indoor cycling on turbo trainers, indoor strengthening drills, lengths in the swimming pool – if this becomes possible – and outdoor running and cycling in almost all weathers.
Triathletes aren’t expected to attend all the sessions. This merely demonstrates the range of sessions available.
Open water swimming is taking place with the emphasis on getting familiar with the water through fun and games an example of this being last weekend’s pier jumping at Lamlash Pier.
These sessions are only open to existing members at this stage. Details of AJTC’s normal training sessions can be found on the Arran Junior Triathlon Club Facebook page.
While the club continues to go from strength to strength through the hard work, commitment and determination of the young triathletes and coaches, AJTC is always on the lookout for new junior members to join their fun, free sessions.
Coaches and supporters look forward to welcoming new triathletes of any ability to their Sunday event. Come and give it a Tri!