Harborough Triathlon entries up by 40% as closing date looms

With less than 2 weeks to go, the organisers of the Archway Health Harborough Triathlon have announced that the deadline for entries is now drawing close and all entries must be submitted by August 30th.

The Sprint and Try a Tri Triathlons taking place on Sunday September 6th have seen a significant rise in entries since last year’s inaugural race. Last year saw over 200 people take part in the town’s first triathlon, where entrants swam, cycled and ran their way to the finish line. This year the number could reach 300.

The first weekend of September is likely to be a busy one for Harborough with both the Triathlon and Art Fresco taking place on the same day. Both events are taking place in different areas of the town, so there will be no direct clash, but Harborough is likely to be a busy place with activity taking place wherever you turn.

A large number of entrants from last year are returning for more, but over 100 first time triathletes have also registered – many entering the Try a Tri event.

This year sees the introduction of several new prize categories, including New Mum to Super Mum for mothers with children under 5, and Super Vets for men or women aged over 65.

“We want to show that with dedication and training a triathlon can be for anybody to enjoy – not just the super-fit in their early 20s” comments Brian Corcoran, the Race Director.

Brian and fellow race organiser Amy Kingston hope to build on the positive and supportive atmosphere that was so noticeable at last year’s event. Many residents, families and friends lined the route to cheer along the athletes taking part. To encourage this again, the 2015 event will also feature a bouncy castle, catering from Waterloo Cottage Farm and an HFM roadshow in the transition and finish area by the leisure centre.

For the second year the event has been sponsored by Archway Health, the largest centre for complementary therapies in the area, offering a range of services including acupuncture, chiropractic and sports massage. A team from Archway will be based just after the finish line, offering athletes massage treatments.