GET ready, get set, go! Hucknall is under starter’s orders to host its first-ever triathlon.
The gruelling event is set to take place in the town on Sunday June 17 — and organisers are on the lookout for participants.
The triathlon will be a sprint discipline and will start with a 400m swim at Hucknall Leisure Centre, followed by a 20km bike ride and a 5km run in the town.
Chris Aulton, from Hucknall-based sports club Balanced Performance, which is organising the event, said: “This is believed to be the first-ever triathlon to be held in Hucknall and it is suitable for both beginners and serious athletes who are looking for a fast event.
“Currently, triathlon is the fastest-growing participation sport in the country, with lots of people wanting to take on the challenge of completing one.
“With the approaching Olympics, Britain has great possibilities to gain medals in both the men’s and women’s triathlon and possibly gold medals, raising the profile of the sport even more.”
Triathlon is considered by some to have its beginning in 1920s France and its growing popularity has produced some wonderful British contenders like Will Clarke and Liz Blatchford. There is a steady stream of others hoping to compete at the Olympic Games in London this summer.
Sports promoters will be delighted to learn Hucknall is joining the growing number of towns and cities helping to spread the sport so more people can enjoy it as spectators.
In addition to the triathlon, the sports club is organising the Bulwell Off-Road Duathlon, which is taking place on Sunday March 18.
That event, which is to be held on Bulwell Hall Park, will consist of a 5km cross-country run, an 18km bike ride and a final 2.5km cross-country run.
Balanced Performance is affiliated to the British Triathlon Federation as well as England Athletics and the Cycling Time Trials.
The club has members who take part in the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists and British Cycling events.
To find out more about the club or the events, log on to www.balancedperformance.org.uk. Alternatively, contact Mr Aulton by phoning 07812 184764 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.