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Countdown is on for Strabane’s fledgling triathletes

18 June 2018

The wait is almost over for participants in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s ‘Try a Tri’ initiative who will take on the challenge of their first ever triathlon this Sunday at the Riversdale Leisure Centre.

The group have been preparing for just six weeks under the watchful eye of Council’s EBA Coaches for the event that will feature ten lengths of the leisure centres’ pool (250m), a 10 mile cycle and a two mile run.

It is the first ever ‘Try a Tri’ event in Strabane and follows on from the success of last year’s womens’ only event in Derry and a first male and female event in the city last month.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, encouraged as many local people as possible to come out and support the hardy first timers on Sunday.

“I am delighted to see the extension of this initiative to everyone in the Council area over the age of 16 following the success of last year’s programme where 85 women took part,” he said.

“The Try a Tri scheme is a unique opportunity to prepare and take part in a manageable length of triathlon under the watchful eye of Council’s EveryBody Active coaches.

“There has been a significant increase in the number of athletics events hosted locally and I am delighted this event will allow a wider range of abilities and fitness levels to do their first triathlon.

“While some of those who take part may choose to enter a full triathlon in the future I hope all of them will gain something from the experience and I would urge the public to come out and give the triathletes their support.”

For spectators, the Try a Tri event will start at 9am at Riversdale on Sunday and end around 10.30am, for more information contact Ryan Porter on 02871 253253 or visit www.derrystrabane.com/tryatri.