Olympic triathlete Aileen Reid has signed up for this weekend’s firmus energy City of Culture Triathlon.
The long-time member of North West Triathlon Club has returned to her home town and admits she’s “really excited” about taking part in this Sunday’s showcase event to mark the 30th anniversary of the local club.
The woman currently ranked eighth in the International Triathlon Union’s World Triathlon Series, will join around 500 competitors of all abilities when she takes to the Foyle on Sunday morning.
“I’m so excited to be racing in Derry. The opportunity to swim in the Foyle, bike the two bridges and run the peace bridge might not happen again and I’m not going to miss it,” she said.
Thousands of people lined the 26.2 mile route of the Walled City Marathon recently and the organisers of this weekend’s sprint triathlon are hoping the event can catch the public imagination in much the same way.
“After seeing the exposure the City of Culture marathon got, I am so proud to be from Derry and want to be a part of the City of Culture celebrations. I can’t think of a better way.”
“I haven’t raced a triathlon in Ireland since the European champs in 2010 in Athlone. At the time, I said it was amazing to race in front of a home crowd and that the organisation was excellent. I think the Derry crowd and the North West Triathlon Club organisation is going to top that and some,” Aileen added.