Harborough Triathlon returns with new distance event

Market Harborough’s popular triathlon event will return for the 3rd consecutive year on Sunday 4th September. The news was announced at the official launch event at Archway Health Hub on Sunday evening (19th June).

Brian Corcoran from Race Harborough revealed the date for this year’s event, gave details about two free triathlon training sessions and announced a new distance for the 2016 race. As well as the ‘try a tri’ and the ‘sprint’ triathlons, Race Harborough will be introducing ‘The Bridge’ a new longer distance. The race is half-way between the ‘Sprint’ and the Olympic distance, involving a 600m swim, 33.5km bike and 7.5km run. A relay option is also available where entrants can split the different legs between individuals. There will be two free training sessions in the build up to the race, with a focus on people new to the event. On July 13th, the session will cover the transition process between disciplines and also involve a cycle around the course. The second on August 25th will also cover the transition process, but will focus on the running section of the course. Both eventing sessions start at 6.30pm. Full details about these free sessions will be posted nearer the time on the Harborough Triathlon Facebook page. “We’re really excited about this year’s Harborough Triathlon and these support sessions are designed to make it possible for anybody to enter. We’ll be sharing tips that we’ve learnt over the years on what to expect,” comments co-organiser Amy Kingston. “Last year we had over 300 competitors, many of whom were first timers and we try to give each entrant as much support as possible. This year, people have the choice of improving on their time from last year or trying a new, longer distance. However, with the growth in popularity of the event we anticipate a lot of first time entrants – hence the two free support sessions,” explains Brian Corcoran. Archway Health Hub is returning as sponsor for the 3rd year running and as before will be offering support to entrants before and after the race itself. “It is so important to be proactive with our health. Taking positive steps such as entering a race can be a real turning point in how we look after our bodies,” comments Alec Welton from Archway. “As before, our team will also be available on the event day itself where we’ll be giving massage treatments just after the finish line.” Race Harborough has organised many sporting events in the local area over the past three years including the recent Harborough Carnival of Running, Santa Run and Tunnel Run and the Festival of Cycling. Picture shows Brian Corcoran from Race Harborough and Alec Welton from Archway Health Hub at the launch event held at Archway Health Hub on Sunday June 19th.