Still time to enter for second Beccles triathlon

Swimmers competing in the 2013 Beccles Triathlon.

Swimmers competing in the 2013 Beccles Triathlon. - Credit: Archant

More than 100 people have signed up for the second Beccles Triathlon which will see participants swimming in the town's open air pool before biking and running along the banks of the River Waveney.

Beccles Triathlon 2013.

Beccles Triathlon 2013. - Credit: Archant

The event, which is being held next Sunday, June 1, involves swimming 18 lengths of Beccles Lido, followed by a 12.63 mile cycle ride through Geldeston, Wainford Maltings at Ditchingham and back to Beccles before finishing with a 4.11 mile run down to Beccles Quay and back across the town marshes.

The event is open to the region's top athletes as well as anyone who wants to take part in a triathlon for the first time, but is also a charity event to raise vital funds to keep the Beccles Lido open.

This year the number of spaces have been increased from 110 to 150 to allow more people to take part, and the winning male, female and team will be presented with a trophy handmade by Lido stalwart Graham Norgate.

Isabel Pollock, part of the Beccles Triathlon committee, said: 'Last year was brilliant and we were really impressed with the turn out.


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'We get people from far and wide which is great but there is also a real Beccles focus.'

The race will begin at 9am, and Olympian Paul Evans will be presenting the prizes at around 12.30pm.

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The event is being supported by members of the Beccles Sea Scouts and Robert Tilney from R Tilney & Son gunsmiths in Beccles will be firing the starting gun. The Beccles Community Choir will also be performing down at Beccles Quay.

Spectators are welcome along the route and in the lido, but access will be at the discretion of the marshals once the race is under way. Anyone who would like to watch at the lido needs to arrive at 8.45am before the race begins.

There will be no public swimming after the prize giving, which should be finished by 1pm.

For more information about the triathlon, to sign up for one of the remaining spaces or find out about sponsoring visit www.becclestri.com

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