Bumper turnout for second WiTri Triathlon in Whittlesey as more than 260 youngsters and novice adults take part

PUBLISHED: 12:37 03 September 2015

Children and adults entered the novice event

Children and adults entered the novice event

On one of the hottest days of the year, more than 260 children and novice adults - double the first year - took part in the second annual WiTri Triathlon at the Manor Leisure Centre in Whittlesey.

Children and adults entered the novice eventChildren and adults entered the novice event

Although the event was a regional qualifier for children, it also aimed to give novice adults a taste of triathlon and entice them into the sport.

Entrants included Charlene and Mark Angel-Trueman, who completed the event as part of their fundraising project Isobel’s 29 Challenges, in memory of their daughter Isobel.

The triathlon was their 28th and penultimate challenge - their final challenge, climbing Kilimanjaro, is later this month. They are raising funds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

The event received lots of positive comments on its Facebook page.

Entrants also included Charlene and Mark Angel-Trueman who completed the event as part of their fundraising project 'Isobels 29 Challenges'Entrants also included Charlene and Mark Angel-Trueman who completed the event as part of their fundraising project 'Isobels 29 Challenges'

Geri Crooke said: “It was a brilliant and well organised event. All marshals were helpful, friendly and very supportive all the way round. Thank you.”

Cameron Sylvester, chairman of WiTri, was thrilled with how the event unfolded.

He said: “We were delighted to have such a positive reaction to our second event with the significant increase in number and interest from people who are considering getting more involved with the sport.

“Staging the event would have been impossible without the help of our club members and a large group of volunteers who were on hand to marshal and enthusiastically support the entrants on the day.

“It was also our pleasure to welcome several triathlon clubs who brought along some very talented youngsters.”

WiTri was formed three years ago by like minded friends with a passion for Triathlon who wanted to encourage others to get involved in the sport.

After entering the novice event organised by the club last year, new members Jo Morris, Sarah Fitzjohn and Deborah Bellamy have completed their first sprint events at Castle Howard in York and at the Vitality World Triathlon in London earlier this year.

The club has seen an increase in members who meet weekly to train together - running, cycling and swimming in both pools and open water. Several members of the team participated in the Swim Rutland - a 2km swim from shore to shore across Rutland Water.

The club is also celebrating the success of Megan Silvester, who completed the Vitruvian half iron man event.

For more information about WiTri, go to www.witri-club.co.uk or their Facebook page - WiTri.

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