Aldeburgh is gearing up for the third leg of the annual ‘Team Relay Triathlon’
On Sunday 10th September 2017, the third annual ‘Aldeburgh Fun Team Relay Triathlon’ which raises funds for the RNLI, East Anglian Air Ambulance and other local charities will take place on Aldeburgh sea front. Kicking off at noon with a tide assisted swim from the Shell to the Moot Hall, the locally-run event will consist of a three-person team relay triathlon, featuring a swimmer, cyclist and runner.
The unique and fun event which encourages participation, health and wellbeing whilst supporting important charities and local organisations in the Aldeburgh area has been one that is increasingly supported every year. In 2015, the aim of the Aldeburgh Fun Relay Triathlon was to create an event with up to 50 teams who successfully complete the course, whilst simultaneously raising money for charity. In 2016, the goal was to increase participation by 100% and raise even more money. For 2017 entries are already full (and the rate at which this happened has been amazing), hence this year the event is focused around the admirable fundraising it achieves, and aims to increase participation in local sport. In 2 short years the event has already raised £2500 for charity and aims to double that this year.
On the day, the triathlon initiates with a 750m sea swim, followed by a 22km cycle, and finishing with a 5km off road coastal path run, with each element being completed by a different team member. The cycle route travels two laps from Aldeburgh, through to Thorpeness and Aldringham and then back to Aldeburgh. The run is from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and back again, off-road along the coastal path. Situated outside of the White Lion Hotel will be the main village area with event sign on and other event facilities. The day concludes with athletes being rewarded with bespoke finisher’s medals engraved with an image of the Moot Hall, photos and goody bags, and there is also a category based awards ceremony at the finisher’s party, where food and drink are available. This year there will also be a free children’s fun run before the triathlon racing gets underway for under 13’s.
Under a “very impressive feat of organisation”, partakers and spectators alike have said the event has a “friendly relaxed atmosphere” that makes it “all the more special”. Speaking on the success of the previous two years, Race Director Matt Dye said “now that the local community realise the expertise and effort that go into this event, they have been nothing but generous and supportive of the upcoming triathlon.” The community spirit of the event, together with the involvement of the sponsors is a credit to the organisation team, with local sponsors including Best Estates, Best of Suffolk, the TA Hotel Collection, O&C Butcher, Aldeburgh Fish & Chips, Gressingham Foods and Flick & Son all contributing. EDF have also helped to fund the triathlon’s electronic timing system. With many taking part in a triathlon for the first time, and teams ranging from families to businesses to all-women or mixed participants, it’s clear that the atmosphere of the event is brilliant for first-time athletes and a real effort towards creating a positive community spirit.