Excitement is mounting ahead of the second Hucknall Triathlon, which brings a taste of the London 2012 Olympic Games to the town.
The triathlon, comprising swimming, cycling and running, is set to take place a week on Sunday (June 9) around the streets of Hucknall and in the pool at Hucknall Leisure Centre.
And the organisers are anticipating an even bigger and better event than the inaugural version, which was such a hit last year.
“It is open to anyone of all standards and all ages,” said Chris Aulton, of the Hucknall-based multi-sports club, Balanced Performance.
“We are expecting about 70 entries, including novices, as well as seasoned athletes.
“It is a time trial, so the fastest time wins. There are prizes for the first three men and women, the first male and female veteran (over-40s) and the first juniors (under-18s).
“But it’s more about having fun than winning.
“Everyone raved about last year’s event. It was a big success.”
Triathlon is one of the fastest-emerging sports in the country, particularly among middle-aged athletes.
Its rise has been compared to the marathon craze that took off in the 1980s. And its appeal grew at the London Olympics where huge crowds gathered to watch British brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee win gold and bronze medals.
The Hucknall Triathlon has the potential to emulate the Hucknall 10K road race, which became one of the biggest events on the local sporting calendar.
Entries are being accepted until next Friday (June 7), with athletes due to register at 7 am on the day before an 8 am start at the leisure centre.
The three legs of the event are -- SWIM: 16 lengths (400 metres) of the leisure centre pool at Linby Road, BIKE RIDE: 20 kilometres around the streets of Hucknall, ROAD RUN: five kilometres taking in The Ranges (former Linby Colliery pit-tip). The bike ride and road run will start and finish at the Linby Road leisure centre.
The event has again been sponsored by the Hucknall High Street branch of Specsavers, while the Pro Bikes shop, of Annesley Road, Hucknall, is sponsoring the junior triathlon. Hucknall Rotary Club is expected to help with marshalling.
Last year’s initial event was won by Melvyn Haywood, with Dave Miller second, Carl Jordan, of Hucknall, third, and the first female, Charlotte Taylor, in fourth.
Hucknall duo Charlie Jordan and Hayley Goodwin bagged the first two spots in the junior section.
Aulton said the feedback from competitors was “overwhemlingly positive”, while the Balanced Performance club he founded quickly doubled its membership.
The club, based at the leisure centre, hosts road runs every Monday and Thursday, bike rides every Sunday and open-water swims at Colwick Park every Wednesday.
If you would like to join the club, take part in the triathlon or help with marshalling for the event, ring Aulton on 07812 184764, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, log on to the club’s website or see the event’s Facebook page.