Congleton’s 700 Mayor’s Charity Sprint Triathlon 2018
Following the success of the 2017 triathlon, the fun sporting event returned on Sunday 22nd April- and was even bigger and better!
The event took place at Congleton Leisure Centre and Congleton Park, with the first wave of participants taking to the swimming pool at 2.30pm.
The aims and objectives for the event were:
- To inspire people of all ages to become more active
- To promote swimming, cycling and running for fitness
- To improve personal fitness levels and feel good factor
- Entrants to raise money for the Town Mayor’s nominated charities for 2017/18
In 2017, the event raised around £7000 for the chosen Mayor’s Charity: East Cheshire Hospice. Some of the participants hadn’t cycled or jogged until 3 months before the event!
“We don’t mind how you do it… just do it!”
In total, over 50 adults took park in the triathlon, some trying to improve on their personal best, some completing a triathlon event for the first time. Participants entereted either as an individual or as part of a team, with each member completing a discipline:
Adults: 500m swim (20 lengths), 10km cycle ride and 5km run
The sponsorship raised at the event went to the Congleton Town Mayors Charities, which this year supported youth projects and services in Congleton, the three main charities, chosen by Mayor Cllr. Charles Booth were: Friends For Leisure, New Life Church and Visyon- the event has raised over £3000.00 so far and is still rising.
This year saw the arrival of a children’s Go-Tri event immediately before the adults triathlon, starting at 1.30pm.
Children: 150m swim (6 lengths), 6km cycle ride and 1.8km run. The children that took part in the Go-Tri consisted of teams from local primary and secondary schools and individuals from local sports groups, each with many supporting parents, grandparents and guardians cheering them on.
There was a number of health and well-being stalls as well as members from the local swimming, cycling and running clubs to talk to on the day to find out more about their clubs and sporting activities.
At the end of the event there was a prize giving at the front of the bandstand, each of the Go-Triathletes and adult triathletes received a medal and a goody bag and after a short time configuring the results, the adult winners for quickest individual and quickest team were announced and presented with their trophies.
At 6.00pm on Thursday 17th May, before the Annual Town Council meeting at the Town Hall, there was a prize giving award ceremony for all the winning triathletes, both from the Go-Ti and adult Triathlon who re-received their trophies, engraved with the event date, their name and their completion time.