Entries for the annual Liam Ball Sprint Triathlon have sold out in a record time of just three hours - evidence of the growing popularity of the sport in Derry and the North West.
2015 will see the 30th instalment of the ever popular Derry race, which is one of the longest running triathlons in Ireland.
The North West Triathlon Club event - which will take place from Templemore Sports Complex on Sunday, May 3rd - has also been awarded prestigious National Series status in this year’s Triathlon Ireland race calendar.
Club Chairman, Joe Doherty said the unprecedented uptake in race entries was not surprising given the surge in the sport’s popularity.
“More than 200 entries were snapped up super fast for this year’s Liam Ball after they went on sale via Triathlon Ireland’s website on Friday morning.
“The fact that places sold out so quickly was no surprise given the growing popularity of sport, the long established reputation of the Liam Ball race and, of course, the fact that it has secured National Series status once again.
“The race has been successful year on year and much hard work is going on behind the scenes under race director, Carmel Lynch-Bradley to make the 30th anniversary of the event yet another superbly run triathlon,” he added.
Meanwhile, places for NWTC’s second triathlon of the season, the Firmus Energy City of Derry Sprint, are selling out fast having gone on sale on Friday morning.
Anyone interested in securing a place in the third instalment of the annual event on June 14 - which has also been awarded National Series status for 2015 - is advised to register without delay.