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News Archive > Sport > Save our triathlon

Save our triathlon

By Tom Howe 8th February 2017

Save our triathlon
MAJOR TEST: Hundreds of competitors brave the elements for the ultimate endurance challenge, the Newquay Triathlon, back in 2014

A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched to secure the future of one of Newquay’s most famous sporting events.

In a unique step, Academy Fitness have taken to online fundraising website Crowdfunder to raise £3,000  in an attempt to  re-establish the once successful Newquay Triathlon after it was discontinued by Tempus Leisure.

It is hoped that enough donations will come in to enable the triathlon to return on May 14 of this year and for it to become sustainable for years to come.

Academy Fitness are working closely with a number of local clubs and organisations, including the RNLI, Lusty Surf Lifesaving Club and Newquay Velo, to make this event happen and help guarantee its future viability.

Simon Barnes, Academy Fitness Director, said: “This is the first time that the Crowdfunder platform has been used for a sporting event.

“We are working with local clubs and organisations to make this happen after the recent news that Tempus Leisure/Greenwich Leisure Ltd will no longer continue with the successful Cornwall Triathlon Series.  

“We are hoping that we can work to establish a new series in the county where clubs and communities have more ownership with the events.”

The Newquay Triathlon  takes place on Porth Beach, starting with a 1.5km open water swim followed by a 40km cycle and finishing with a 10km Run.

Organisers intend to run an aquathlon alongside the event which will cater for those wishing to take the next step from swimming pool triathlon/aquathlon to open water swimming whilst participating in a multi-discipline event. The Aquathlon will consist of a 500m swim and 5km run, both of which will take place using the triathlon routes.  

Initial entries will be open for anyone aged 19 years upwards. However, should the campaign reach its target, Academy Fitness aim to introduce a junior and youth race which will take place on the day of the main event.

For more information, or to donate, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/newquay-surf-triathlon-2017

By Tom Howe 8th February 2017

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