The second annual Harborough triathlon is being launched this week with a free support event offering advice and support for potential entrants.

The Archway Health Triathlon Support Evening is being held on Sunday 5th July at the centre which is located on Lubenham Hill. The event will commence at 7pm and is open to anyone considering entering this year’s triathlon.

Experienced triathletes will be on hand to give advice and training tips, with a personal trainer available offering suggestions for stretches and fitness programmes. People will also have the chance to talk to a nutritionist, chiropractor and sports massage therapist for their advice on preparing for the event.

Archway Health is sponsoring the triathlon for the second time. This year’s event takes place on Sunday 6th September and will again include the shorter ‘Try and Tri’ which is designed for people who prefer a shorter distance or who haven’t taken part in triathlon before, in addition to the full sprint triathlon and the relay option  where entrants can split the different legs between three people.

There are also two new categories for this year: the Fit Couple event in which couples are invited to enter as a team, and the Fit Family event which would involve three family members, one of whom must be a parent.

Alec Welton, owner of Archway Health explains why they have decided to run the support evenings. “The triathlon event was very popular last year and it was great to see so many people of all ages and fitness levels taking part. However, it is important to prepare properly for the event – and for what comes afterwards. There are a lot of people who might want to enter but who are unsure of what is involved. The support event is the perfect opportunity for people to find out whether it’s for them, as well as getting a lot of useful free advice on training, fitness and nutrition.”

The first Harborough triathlon was set up in 2014 by local athletes Amy Kingston and Brian Corcoran who also organised the recent Festival of Cycling and Carnival of Running in the town.

“We were delighted with the response to last year’s triathlon which was fully booked,” Brain comments. “Having listened to feedback, we decided to add the couples and family categories to make the event more inclusive. We hope that people will take advantage of the Archway Health support evenings so they are able to do their best on the day.”

Attendance at the support evening is free but as numbers are limited, people are requested to reserve their place by calling Archway Health on 01858 410 820 or emailing info@archwayhouse.co.uk. Visit www.archwayhealth.co.uk for more information.