Registration for inclusive triathlon event now open

Leonard Cheshire Disability logoBeginners to triathlon can now register for Leonard Cheshire Disability’s award-winning triathlon series, Tri Together London and Glasgow.

  • Tri Together London, in partnership with GLL, returns for a fourth year to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday 31 August
  • Tri Together Glasgow, in partnership with triathlonscotland, will take place for a second year on Sunday 21 September at Bellahouston Sports Centre

Launched by the leading disability charity, Tri Together is a unique short distance triathlon specially designed for disabled and non-disabled people of all ages and abilities to swim, bike and run together. Last year’s events saw over £92,000 raised, with the money used to support Leonard Cheshire Disability’s work with disabled people across the UK.

Participants can take part individually or in teams, and with all ages catered for it’s a great opportunity for a day of sport with friends, family and work mates. There will be a number of race categories at both events: Adult, Youth (15-16 yrs), Tri Star 3 (13-14 yrs), Tri Star 2 (11-12 yrs), Tri Star 1 (9-10 yrs) and Tri Start (8 yrs).

Tri Together caters for a wide range of abilities and fitness levels, and is designed for people who have never taken part in a triathlon before. The Leonard Cheshire Disability events team will be on hand throughout participants’ journeys, offering support and guidance from start to finish, from training and nutritional advice to top fundraising ideas.

People can sign up to take part on their own or as part of a relay team with friends and family, so they can play to their strengths.

Helen Rice, 37, who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, took part in the event last year. She said: “Taking part in Tri Together last year was brilliant and the team at Leonard Cheshire Disability were amazing. It was the first time I had taken part in a triathlon and it was fantastic fun and the sense of achievement was just brilliant.

“The most important thing I learnt was that the biggest obstacle is thinking ‘I can’t do that’.  You’ve just got to show yourself that you can! I’m taking part again this year and really looking forward to the challenge!”

Matt Smith, Sports Event Manager, said: “Tri Together is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to participate in a fun sporting event together and raise money to help support disabled people in the UK.

“You don’t need to have the running bug or be a seasoned triathlete to take part in Tri Together. It’s perfect for people who have never done a triathlon before, and want to try something new.”

Sports wheelchairs and alternative cycles such as recumbent trikes, hand cycles and tandem bicycles, can be arranged for disabled people taking part. All participants will receive a post-race massage, finishers medal and refreshments on the day.

In London, race entry is £40 for adults and £19 for children, including race insurance. In Glasgow, race entry is £37 for adults and £12 for children. Fundraising targets for adults in both events is £150. Juniors are not asked to raise a specific amount of money – we just ask that they raise as much as they can. Discount registration may be offered to disabled people receiving out of work benefits, including Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

To sign up for one of the events, or to find out more about race categories and distances, please visit www.leonardcheshire.org/tritogether.  Alternatively, contact the events team on 020 3242 0239 or email tritogether@leonardcheshire.org.

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