Hundreds prepare to take on Skipton Triathlon
More than 800 people have signed up to take part in Skipton Triathlon in Aireville Park on April 9.
Inspired by the Brownlee brothers, the competitors will take part in a 400m swim in the Craven Leisure pool, followed by a 22km bike ride out through East and West Marton and Thornton-in-Craven, and then a 5km run around Aireville Park.
The Henshaws Tri Team is competing in the event, with four relay teams taking on the challenge. All the Henshaws athletes have learning disabilities and most have visual impairments.
Jessica Sullivan, one of the team coordinators, said: "The athletes get a lot out of doing the triathlon such as self-esteem, self-worth, team spirit and motivation; this is also a fun way of keeping fit and healthy whilst doing something you love with friends with similar disabilities."
They also raise money for new equipment for the Henshaws Gym at the Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough and also equipment such as tandem bikes, running ropes and other essentials.
"All the athletes are very grateful for the support and encouragement from the organisers of the event and the spectators and fellow athletes," said Jessica.
"Everyone is super excited and they have trained really well and hard for the event constantly beating their own personal best times."
Team member Shelley Moore said: "The triathlon is an opportunity to push ourselves and do things we didn't think we could."
The event is being run by Craven District Council for the first time this year. Bruce Dinsmore, Sports Development Officer at Craven District Council, said: "We're delighted with how popular the event has proved to be, with numbers significantly up from the last few years. We've had lots of first-time entrants which is great for the sport.
"We'd like to thank all our sponsors and supporters for helping us put on the triathlon and make it a great experience for all those involved.
"We hope everyone has a brilliant event and that the weather stays fine - good luck to all the competitors."
Spectators are welcomed at the event, which starts at 8am on Sunday April 9th and will run until around 4.30pm, with a prize-giving shortly afterwards.
For more information about Skipton Triathlon go to www.cravendc.gov.uk/skiptontriathlon2017