Early entry advised for Culture triathlon

Pictured at the launch of the 2013 City of Culture Triathlon which will take place on the 23rd of June are from left, Paul McGilloway, Race Organiser, Alieen Reid, Olympic Triathlete, the Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell, Claire McDermott, City of Culture Company. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 9.12.12
Pictured at the launch of the 2013 City of Culture Triathlon which will take place on the 23rd of June are from left, Paul McGilloway, Race Organiser, Alieen Reid, Olympic Triathlete, the Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell, Claire McDermott, City of Culture Company. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 9.12.12

Online entry for Derry’s City of Culture Sprint Triathlon is now open.

More than 300 places are now available online via the Triathlon Ireland’s website and anyone interested in taking part in the endurance event is urged to book early to avoid disappointed as the event has generated great interest around the country and beyond.

North West Triathlon Club Secretary, Patrick McLaughlin, said yesterday: “Judging by the amount of enquiries we’ve had, we’d advise people to get in early to secure their places in this exciting event.”

Just like the Walled City Marathon, the City of Culture Sprint on June 23 looks set to be very popular with athletes from far and wide, as well as local triathletes and a large number of first timers, planning to take part.

Local Olympian and member of the North West Triathlon Club, Aileen Reid, who launched the event recently, said the triathlon promises to be a brilliant showcase for Derry.

“There’s no better place to have a triathlon than Derry with its three bridges. It’s every exciting for the North West triathlon club and the swimming club and for the City of Culture because it will showcase our city in the right way. It’s great that this is happening now and we can have a proper triathlon back in the Foyle.”

Welcoming the event, which marks the 30th anniversary of NWTC, Mayor Colr Kevin Campbell said he was proud that Derry will host such a “prestigious event” during its Culture year.

On Sunday, June 23, Derry’s public can take in all the excitement and drama that is triathlon racing, with a 750m swim along the Foyle, a 20km cycle around the city two road bridges and a 5km run from the city centre, across Peace Bridge and towards Ebrington square, with an exciting along the quay.

Up to 500 competitors from across Ireland and the UK are expected to take part. Registration is now open online at www.triathlonireland.com with an entry fee of 48 euro.