First-ever triathlon to offer taste of Olympics

Hucknall Triathlon team
Hucknall Triathlon team

A TASTE of the Olympic Games is coming to Hucknall with the first-ever sporting triathlon event to be held in in the town.

The countdown is on to the triathlon, which has been organised by Balanced Performance, a multi-sport club based in the town for cyclists, runners, triathletes and duathletes.

The Hucknall Sport Triathlon, which will be held on Sunday June 17, starts at Hucknall Leisure Centre with a 400m pool swim. It will be followed by a 20-kilometre bike race around the town and finish with a five-kilometre run.

The event, which is sponsored by Specsavers, is open to novice and experienced athletes. But all must have a roadworthy bike and safety-approved helmet.

All competitors who finish the triathlon will receive a special goody-bag, including treats from Specsavers, who have a branch on Hucknall High Street.

The founder and chairman of Balanced Performance, Chris Aulton, says: “We are only a year old and this is our first triathlon, so the help and support we’ve received from Specsavers has been vital.

“They’re sponsoring the race numbers and helping us to promote the event to people in the area, which has been fantastic.”

Vicki Bainbridge, director of Hucknall’s Specsavers store, says: “When we heard about the triathlon, we were really keen to get involved.

“It’s a great thing to do. Research suggests that regular exercise can help keep eyes healthy.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the triathlon should ring Chris on 07812 184764 or e-mail him at

OUR PHOTO shows some of the members of the Balanced Performance club.