TRIATHLON: Countdown is on to firmus energy City of Derry Triathlon

Pictured encouraging relay competitors to sign up to take part in this years firmus energy City of Derry triathlon, taking place on 19 June, are (l-r) Angeline Murphy, marketing manager for firmus energy, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, and race director, Adrian Kelly.

Pictured encouraging relay competitors to sign up to take part in this years firmus energy City of Derry triathlon, taking place on 19 June, are (l-r) Angeline Murphy, marketing manager for firmus energy, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, and race director, Adrian Kelly.

Taking on a triathlon may be too much of a stretch for some but, with just less than a month to go until the fourth annual firmus energy City of Derry Triathlon, it’s not too late to get involved and an excellent option for beginners is participating as part of a relay team.

Race director of the firmus energy City of Derry triathlon, Adrian Kelly, said: “The relay option is perfect for those not quite ready to tackle a full triathlon and allows participants to divide the three stages of the race between team members.

“For example, the 750m open water swim in the River Foyle for the team member who likes to make a splash, a 20km closed road cycle for the budding cyclist and another can then close the race with a 5km flat run taking in key attractions around the city including the iconic Peace Bridge.

“This year’s Triathlon is taking place on Sunday, June 19th so there’s still time to put together a relay team and get training.”

Angeline Murphy, marketing manager for firmus energy, commented: “This year’s event is set to be bigger than ever and we are keen to ensure the race is open to everyone and that people of all capabilities take part, ranging from professionals and experienced triathletes through to novices and first-timers.

“Taking part in a relay can give new people a real taste of being part of a team and achieving a goal. It is often just the thing to whet people’s appetites for triathlons and many of our previous relay competitors have gone on to complete the full challenge in subsequent years.”

There promises to be a great buzz across the City with plenty of extra events to enhance the Triathlon experience for both adults and children. With a ‘buddy swim’ in the Foyle where child-adult partnerships can participate in a fun race, a TRYathlon for 8-15-year-olds the week before the main Triathlon and a party atmosphere on the big day; something for all the family.

Entry registration for this year’s event will close on 3 June.

For more information including where to register, how to train and what to wear, visit www.firmusenergytriathalon.co.uk, where there are event details.