WITH the success of the Yorkshire’s Brownlee brothers giving the sport a national profile, the newly formed Malvern Triathlon Club is looking for aspiring athletes to join its growing ranks.
Coaching sessions in the three disciplines of swimming, running and cycling are held each week in the town, and a special ‘Try a Tri’ day is planned for Sunday, May 25.
Club chairman Sarah Williams said that triathlon is a modern, exciting sport for all abilities and all ages and is ideal for anyone in search of fitness and a rewarding challenge.
“In a triathlon competition, individuals complete a swim segment, followed by cycle and run segments with the clock running from the beginning of the swim through to the end of the run,” explained Williams.
“Apart from being a lot of fun, it gives people an enormous amount of personal fulfilment. It’s all about feeling good about yourself. Our club is inclusive – everyone is welcome, whatever ability.”
Although the aim of the club is to encourage more people to run, cycle and swim, they don’t have to take part in all three disciplines.
Williams added: “We are delighted the club is up and running as Malvern people had wanted a triathlon club for some time.
"We offer a support network to anyone interested in getting fitter where people who are experienced in the sport will be able to pass on their knowledge.”
The club – which is a member of the British Triathlon Federation – uses the facilities at Malvern College, where swimming teacher Williams runs her sessions on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.
Cycling sessions to teach technique and offer advice are held on Saturday mornings at 9am and running sessions on Thursday evenings at 7pm.
When members feel confident to take part in an event there are several triathlon competitions arranged locally - Upton Triathlon in July is especially welcoming for newcomers - with more in Tewkesbury, Stratford and the Forest of Dean.
Qualified BTF coaches will be teaching at the Try a Tri day in May, which will take place at Malvern College.
Anyone interested in joining the club or wanting further information on training sessions can contact Sarah Williams via her website at firstname.lastname@example.org.